Detroit to hold free swimming lessons for kids this summer

DETROIT – The city of Detroit is offering free swimming lessons for young residents this summer.

In partnership with Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the City of Detroit Park and Recreation Division is offering free swimming lessons for children ages 6-17 at the Brennan Pool in Rouge Park this summer. Interested parties can register for one of two sessions, both of which last five weeks.

Session 1 lasts from June 21 to July 24 and session 2 from July 26 to August. 28.

You can find more details on the swimming courses listed by the city here:

  • Classes last one hour, twice a week and are offered on Mondays / Wednesdays, Tuesdays / Thursdays and Fridays / Saturdays. Pre-registration is required.
  • Participants are grouped by age and ability, with no more than 28 students per class in any lesson.

  • COVID-19 safety protocols are followed under the guidance of health officials at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • Swimming lessons and water safety education are taught by certified swimming instructors.

  • Every child receives a free bathing bag with a bathing suit, T-shirt and bathing cap.

  • Pre- and post-program skills assessments are conducted to ensure program effectiveness.

Interested parties can register online for the D swimming lessons here.

According to official studies, around 70 percent of children living in Detroit have “little to no swimming skills,” according to a press release on Tuesday. The new swimming program aims to combat this statistic, with the original goal of teaching at least 500 Detroit children to swim.


Click here for more resources from the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.

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