Stew Leonard III Water Safety Foundation

Our partners

who help advocate for water safety awareness and education 

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Swim Lessons

Learning to swim is one of the most important steps in reducing the risk of drowning. We provide over 10,000 free or low-cost swimming lessons to children each year by giving grants to our partners like the YMCA, Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, etc.

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Drowning Prevention Program

We've partnered with fire departments across the United States to implement the Stewie the Duck Drowning Prevention Program. Our mascot, Stewie the Duck, joins firefighters as they read our "Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim" book to children in their respective school districts.

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In 2005, the city of Rialto suffered from 12 drowning incidents. As a result, firefighter, Matt Payne, introduced the Stewie the Duck Drowning Prevention Program to the Rialto school district. The following year it went down to just 2 drownings -- experiencing a 90% drowning reduction with the program.  Since then, the Rialto Fire Department has read the "Stewie the Duck" book to roughly 20,000 children in the school district. Not one of the 20,000 children who have read the "Stewie the Duck" book has been involved in a drowning.

In prevention we normally don’t get to see the lives that we effected. We normally just see the ones that we missed. With Stewie the Duck we know of 20,000 success stories so far.
— Matt Payne, Firefighter, Rialto Fire Department
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Volunteer & Partner Book Readings

We have a bunch of wonderful people who volunteer their time doing book readings of "Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim" as well as "Swim Time with Stewie the Duck" to children everywhere. Both books reinforce the 3 simple rules of water safety: 1) Don't Jump in Til You Learn to Swim 2) Cover Your Chest with a Safe Life Vest 3) A Grown-up Must Watch You in the Pool. 


Become a Partner

If you would like to partner with us, please fill out the form below and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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