At CAST we embrace the importance of focusing on skills and safety before fun and games in the water. We believe that drowning is preventable, that every child is entitled to self-rescue skills and that every family can be empowered through education. Together, at CAST we work to change the conversation around water safety in order to impact a cultural shift in the way swim time is viewed. By joining our CAST, your advocacy is sure to enrich the lives of children in your community, you may even save a life!

Friends of CAST

If you’re reading this, we’d love for you to join us as a friend of CAST! Our mission, from day one, has been to increase awareness for self-rescue swimming and safer lifestyles in and around the water. CAST supports organizations, families and instructors with a growing library of water safety resources created by educators who are also swim parents and instructors. Anyone that has the courage and makes the effort to share our work in order to save a life, is a friend of CAST. 

Become a friend of CAST today by exploring and sharing these resources:

CAST Scholarship Providers

In fall of 2022, we will launch a program to take our scholarship opportunities nationwide. Participating instructors will fill out a short application, collect parent testimonials, and raise a small portion of the scholarship funding to be used in their community. CAST scholarship providers also play a big role in educating their community with CAST resources. CAST scholarship providers will receive a CAST hat and educational handouts for their swim families and communities

Instructors– click here to apply to be a CAST Scholarship Provider (coming Fall 2022)

Friendsclick here to contribute to CAST’s Scholarship Fund

(*CAST’s Founders are also friends, partners, and financial supporters of the Live Like Jake scholarship fund. Click Here to learn about scholarship opportunities with Live Like Jake.)

CAST Supported Instructors

Each year we are able to provide extra support to a small (but growing) group of instructors. These are newer instructors receiving financial support for instructor training tuition and/or mentorship support in order to hit the ground running in their new role as self-rescue swim instructors. CAST supported instructors have access to scholarship funding and they fundraise to earn a portion of this. We spend significant time, in person, with each CAST supported instructor to ensure they exemplify the CAST values and deliver safe and effective lessons. These instructors have access to exclusive CAST gear, professional development opportunities, and more. Of course, friends of CAST and CAST supported instructors alike have access to our free, sharable water safety education resources. Learn more about our CAST Supported Instructors.

CAST Affiliate Instructors

CAST Affiliates are experienced certified instructors who have made a significant commitment to helping CAST grow. Affiliates work yearround to help CAST gain awareness, mentor CAST supported instructors, empower and appreciate friends of CAST, and assist in creating and executing fundraising and outreach initiatives. Each affiliate spends time teaching at the CAST Facility in Chicago or at a CAST partner location. Affiliates have access to CAST scholarship funds, exclusive CAST gear, professional development opportunities and more. Learn more about our CAST Affiliate Instructors.