KUSA - This is the time of year when families start heading out to swimming pools. Four-time Olympian, Cullen Jones, and swimming legend Rowdy Gaines have teamed up for an initiative to help kids be safe in the water.

In 2009, the USA Swimming Foundation launched "Make a Splash," presented by Phillips 66. It educates parents, kids, and communities about the importance of learning to swim. Jones wanted to get involved with the program to share his childhood experience with swimming. He nearly drowned at the age of five and after that, his parents enrolled him in swimming lessons. He's the first African-American to hold a world record in swimming. Gaines, is a former Olympian and NBC swimming analyst.

To date, they've helped 1.6 million kids learn to swim with free or discounted swim lessons.

Here are the Denver recreation centers and swimming pools that are participating in the program:

    Swim Vantage Swim School in Englewood
  • City of Englewood Parks and Rec
  • YMCA of Denver-Ducan
  • Safesplash - Parker/Lone Tree
  • Smilefish Swim School - Castle Rock
  • Swim Otters Swim and Fitness School - Westminster


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Danielle Nelson contributed to this report.