BONBON BREAK LIVE: Make a Splash with Tina Dessart

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Today, I have the privilege of chatting it up with Tina Dessart. She is the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Program Manager and a 30-year veteran in aquatics management and learn-to-swim instruction. She has also owned and managed swim schools and a facility management company.

Tina Dessart

Tina is responsible for building and fostering relationships which support water safety education and drowning prevention at the national level; these strategic partnerships provide resources, materials, and funding which aid the USA Swimming Foundation in providing the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.


About the USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming.  Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit


About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, more than 3.9 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 750 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit


The Flipboard for their 2016 USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66



Tina and Val will be discussing:

  • The USA Swimming Foundation and Make a Splash
  • Why the Make a Splash initiative is so important for children
  • When parents should put their kids in swimming lessons
  • Some tips to keep your kids safe in and around water
  • How Ludacris was involved with Make a Splash and even giving swimming lessons
  • The USA Swimming Ambassadors and how are they making an impact
  •  “Finding Dory” – WARNING: Val geeks out a bit here.
  • The USA Swimming Foundation and the Summer Olympics

Listen to Tina Dessart discuss ”Make a Splash” on iTunes, Google Play Music, STITCHER or click to listen right here:

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