FREE Beginner Lessons with Swim Seattle

FREE Beginner Lessons with Swim Seattle

Swim Seattle 2024!

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: April 16th, 2024

Summer is nearing… get ready for swimming! 

As part of the Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) commitment to equitable and accessible programming, Swim Seattle is offering all scholarship-eligible youth FREE Beginner Swim Lessons.

Swim Seattle is a drowning prevention and FREE swim education program championed by Mayor Harrell. Together with community support, this initiative combines the efforts of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Associated Recreation Council, Washington State Parks, No More Under, Seattle Children’s, and the University of Washington to remove barriers to learning to swim and to eradicate disproportionate drownings among youth of color.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming 2024 Swim Seattle registration dates:

  • May 14th Registration opens for Scholarship-Eligible Participants 
  • May 21st Registration opens for General Public

Visit Seattle Parkways to apply (or re-apply) for scholarships, sign-up for FREE swim lessons at the YMCA of Greater Seattle, and to locate Swim Seattle lessons >>

Partnership with Oshun Swim School

As part of the Swim Seattle Initiative, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is partnering with Oshun Swim School to offer trauma-informed and Afro-Indigenous centered swim opportunities to our Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) + Allies community.

Through a series of open swims and educational workshops, participants can expect to experience a safer space for BIPOC + Allies to explore our relationship with water.

Visit Seattle Parkways to learn more about this partnership, locate open swim dates and registration information >>

Additional Resources

  • Read the 2023 Press Release announcing the Swim Seattle Initiative. Swim Seattle began as a pilot program providing one year of FREE Swim Lessons to a cohort of 250 Seattle area youth. Swim Seattle prioritizes access to those who cannot afford lessons, while also providing workshops to support children and their families in becoming comfortable swimmers and water safe.
  • Sign-up to receive updates and information on Swim Seattle’s FREE swim lessons with Seattle Parks & Recreation. 
  • Download the 2024 Seattle Parks & Recreation Brochure.