Adrian, 33, spoke to PEOPLE about the importance of swim lessons for adults and children, and his hope is that one day, swimming will be a regular part of physical education programs in schools.
"The tour is our effort to spread the word that formalized swim lessons are important," Adrian, tells PEOPLE. "It's important for people to learn how to swim."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,500 people die from drowning every year and a quarter of those victims are under the age 14. The drowning rate in ethnically-diverse communities is almost three times the national average.
And, according to the Red Cross, 54% percent of all Americans say they cannot swim or don't feel prepared with basic swimming skills.
"The big thing for us is they found that formalized swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88%. That's the take-home statistic from all of this," he explains.
In addition to the Make a Splash Tour events, USA Swimming has approximately 3,000 pools around the country that offer affordable lessons.
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"Make a Splash helps distribute money to local providers in order to provide free or subsidized lessons for those who can't afford it," Adrian tells PEOPLE. "There are some other countries that learning to swim is part of the curriculum … And if we could get that going, that would be a wonderful thing here in the U.S. But, we're not quite there yet."
The Olympic gold medalist adds, "The hope and the dream is that one day, it's just something that everyone does."
Adrian stresses the importance for adults, no matter what, to always be watchful of children near pools because "in a high percentage of drowning occurrences, one or more of the usual safety measures was there."
The Make a Splash Tour will visit its final stop in Rodeo, California, on Monday.
For more information about the Make a Splash Tour, visit www.usaswimming.org/makeasplash.