PODCAST: S4:EP2–Shawn Slevin, Swim Strong Foundation

Join us for S4:EP2 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Shawn Slevin of the Swim Strong Foundation, sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss water safety and how her organization helps swimmers develop the necessary skills to avoid drowning.

Shawn Slevin began Swim Strong Foundation in 2006 to teach swimming safety to people of all ages, and even gave free swimming lessons for those in need.

The mission of this organization is to save lives and prevent drowning by teaching people about water safety through affordable courses. Their focus is on health, exercise, and nutrition. Their programs center around stopping drowning, training beginner and competitive level swimmers, training children, teens, adults, and seniors, and educating, challenging, and inspiring swimmers. They have provided over 10,000 people with free lessons, worth over $1 Million, since 2007. About 108 of these swimmers joined US Swim Clubs, 10 in the US Diving Team, and some served the country through service. The organization started the “Know Before You Go™” program in 2018 to teach water safety in schools. They also started a community outreach program for communities of color in 2019.

Shawn Slevin joins our host Roy Kessel on S4:EP2 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introductions
  • 01:00 How Shawn Started Her Career Helping Swimmers
  • 09:45 Facts About Drowning & Avoiding It
  • 13:30 Gender & Risk Taking
  • 16:00 Significance of Understanding Bodies of Water & Climate Change
  • 25:00 Working With Groups To Teach Swimming Safety Skills
  • 28:00 Importance of Learning Swimming Safety Skills
  • 29:30 New York City’s Lack of Aquatics Safety
  • 31:30 Embracing Technology During a Pandemic
  • 35:40 How The Community Can Help
  • 43:00 Conclusions




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