The State Parks Department is expanding its offering of free, learn-to-swim programs at state parks across the state this summer, hoping to reach nearly 3,000 children.
The program, now in its fourth year, is being offered through a partnership among State Parks, 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 2016 season will see programs varying from swim lessons to water safety presentations at 26 locations, and build on the instruction offered at state park facilities as part of programs arranged by summer camps, municipalities and other partner organizations. This year, over 570 individual classes will be taught for all ages and levels," according to the State Parks.
Enrollment for the Learn-to-Swim program for children is open at all participating state parks. Parents are asked to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Each swim program is 40 to 45 minutes in duration and participants who enroll in these lessons will receive a Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Achievement Booklet and a State Parks Learn-to-Swim kit that includes a knapsack, tee-shirt and water bottle at the conclusion of the program.
Programs are free and pre-registration is required. For more information on locations, schedules and how to sign up, visit the Learn-to-Swim page at www.nysparks.com.