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Rising Tide Effect

Lifting All Boats

RTE is a non-for profit organization 

Our team is a collective of staff & volunteers who are diverse

in background & experienced with swimming.

We are united in our belief that water safety & learning

to swim are essential to being a human on earth.


We work together to amplify the message & create opportunities

for underserved communities through the aquatic experience.


We provide free swimming lessons & water safety education.

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Our mission is to eliminate death by drowning, particularly in those underserved socioeconomic

regions & groups that are most vulnerable.


Our vision is to create a world where underserved communities have access to safe, quality swimming lessons & water safety education.

To help reduce drowning rates & increase water safety knowledge.

Making A Difference


For New York City's underserved & at risk population



  • The Rockaway peninsula in Queens, New York has surprisingly strong currents with high frequency of rip currents, despite the appearance of relatively calm water.

  • Dozens of people drown annually at Rockaway Beach, often when swimming alone when lifeguards are not on duty.

  • The average age of the drowning victims in Rockaway is 16 years old.

  • TRH and RTE made a swim initiative to bring water safety training to the Rockaway Beach community, to support the shared goals of uplifting and empowering individuals with demonstrated need.

  • To date, over 150 youth have learned to swim in the hotel pool.

  • Pilot completed Aug 2021.

  • June 2023 will be the third year of established programming.

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  • Ocean Park Apartments in Far Rockaway, Queens, owned by Related Companies, has 2772 residents, all of whom qualify for affordable housing.

  • The pool had been empty & out of commission since Hurricane Sandy, when it was damaged in the storm & changing areas were destroyed.

  • In an effort to bring more services to residents, Related has teamed up with RTE to offer free swimming lessons, free water safety education & other aquatic related services.

  • Pilot completed August - September 2022

  • Established program to begin June 2023

  • To date 35 participants have learned how to swim.

NYCHA Swim Safety Corp

  • n a groundbreaking initiative, the NYCHA Swim Safety Corps introduced the first of its kind approach to water safety, learning to swim and career exploration as an earn-while-you-learn project-based experience, offering paid employment, swimming lessons, life-safety training, and professional skills development to NYCHA youth. In collaboration with the Public Housing Community Fund and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Rising Tide Effect launched a six-week Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) pilot in the summer of 2023.


  • Supporting NYCHA youth ages 16 to 24 in central Brooklyn and Rockaway, Queens communities, our objectives included fostering leadership skills by


  • Learning to swim and gaining more water competency

  • Enhancing mental and physical health

  • Gaining nutrition knowledge and better physical fitness

  • Obtaining CPR/AED certification

  • Providing mentorship and professional development opportunities

  • Exploring careers and providing job preparation opportunities including interview training, and job readiness skills

  • Participating in diverse water-based activities such as surfing, kayaking, and environmental stewardship

  • Providing exposure to career pathways in aquatics and the blue economy

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PS9 Swimming Curriculum 

  • Oct 2023 - June 2024 

  • In partnership with Chelsea Piers Field House Brooklyn

  • School year program for children in under resourced schools to have an enrichment class to supplement not having any type of physical education classes in the curriculum

  • Fourth grade students in PS9 Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, RTE offering swimming lessons and water safety classes during school hours.


  • St. John's Residence for Boys began as an orphan asylum in 1826.

  • It has developed into an organization serving at-risk boys and families.

  • Today it is a residential foster care agency for children ages 13-23.

  • Through holistic care, it aims to help the youth develop & grow, providing food, shelter, a safe space for play & leisure in a caring environment.

  • Assists them toward reunification with their family, society & the realization of their own self-worth.

  • Pilot completed Aug 2021.

  • June 2023 will be the third year of established programming.

  • RTE provides the young men at TRH with free swimming lessons, a warm meal, thoughtful discussion & guest speakers.

  • Taught a total of 22 participants.




  • RTE sought out to service children who are experiencing homelessness.

  • RTE partnered with The Rockaway Hotel, Food Bank For New York City, and Delta Sigma Theta’s Health Task Force

  • RTE removed all barriers to entry for TWELVE young people in need during the month of August 2022.

  • RTE taught the children to swim, find joy & expanded their access to nutritious meals.



Several ways to make a difference

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Rising Tide Effect appreciates the generosity and engagement of people like you. Please take advantage of an incredible opportunity to lend your support and promote our cause. Just as a rising tide lifts all boats, every contribution counts toward paving the path for a safer and better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.

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RTE is always actively seeking creative, logistical, and financial support. We invite you to share your ideas for making our organization more impactful. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information about your support mode, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.


This is one of the simplest ways to help our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to succeed is for the community to get involved actively. Volunteering your time is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Rising Tide Effect. Get in touch with any questions about how you can volunteer your time today.

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What Parents Say

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"I loved watching the kids and instructors build a relationship of security."  - Mom, Carolina

Our Partners

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I register myself or my child for swimming lessons?

Complete this form.

How do I add my name or my childs to the interest list so that when a spot is available, I will be notified?

Complete this form.

How do we get Rising Tide Effect to come to our community?

How do I contact Rising Tide Effect headquarters?

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