Nearly 30 swim programs are offered statewide

Posted at 2:50 PM, Jul 13, 2016

Free swimming lessons are being offered at state parks this summer!

Nearly 30 Learn-to-Swim programs are expected to help 3,000 children this summer, according to the Office of State Parks.

"We are thrilled that this year, with the continued support of our partners, we are able to offer more free swim lessons than ever before, in every corner of New York," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.

State Parks is partnered with the American Red Cross, the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation and the New York State Department of Health.

The State Department of Health provided $80,000 last year to help ensure the addition of even more locations through 2017. The National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association donated $15,000 to offset staff and program costs to allow state parks to offer the free swim classes.

The American Red Cross provides free training to State Park lifeguards to obtain Water Safety Instructor (WSI) certification. This has helped 48 additional Water Safety Instructors to be certified.

This season will have programs varying from swim lessons to water safety presentations. Over 570 individual classes will be taught for all ages and levels.

For information on locations, schedules and how to sing up, visit the Learn-to-Swim page at www.nysparks.com/recreation/swimming.