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Our Story

The Rising Tide Effect is a non-profit organization.


Comprised of staff & volunteers who are united in 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 empower positive change in underserved & at risk communities through the aquatic experience, freeing people from fear & helping them access joy. We provide free swimming lessons & water safety education.


Swimming is a critical life skill essential to water safety and has the power to save lives. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in children. We make our communities safer for children and parents by expanding access to swim lessons. Swimming is not only a lifesaving skill; it is an effective form of exercise that promotes overall physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. And, most importantly, it’s FUN!


Swimming provides other lifelong benefits as well. Numerous studies have shown that swimming is a proven mechanism for young people to grow and thrive. Swimming has a tremendous effect on physical and neurological development in children who start at a young age, and these skills translate to improved academic ability and increased self-confidence.


Disparities in swimming ability are reflective of inequity in our society. According to the American Red Cross, only 56 percent of Americans can perform essential skills for swimming survival. For children in economically challenged families, that figure is even lower. Nearly 80 percent of children from low-income families have little or no swimming ability. Our mission is to eliminate death by drowning, particularly in those underserved socioeconomic regions & groups that are most vulnerable.

RTE is a 501(c)3 swimming non profit.

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