Swimming and Water Safety Programs
Swimming is a life-long skill that everyone can enjoy regardless of age. We offer year-round Swimming and Water Safety Programs through the American Red Cross. Participants learn how to be safe in, on, or around water and through progressive levels, learn knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development.
Did you know that although 80% of Americans say they can swim,
only 56% can actually perform the 5 basic skills they need to swim safely in a pool?
Swim with the Rays
Ages 6 months to 17 years old
This summer, your child could be a part of Swim with the Rays, a collaboration between the Tampa Bay Rays, Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc., and the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department to bring attention to the importance of life-saving water safety programs in our community. The program was made possible by a $10,000 partership grant through the Rays Baseball Foundation. The program will provide free swim lessons to the youth of Tampa at any of our twelve swimming pools. Parents or guardians are required to complete an application and provide proof of: a free or reduced lunch form for each child from the Hillsborough County School Board, a letter of verification for any state or federal assistance for each child that includes the dates of eligibilty, or state documentation for foster children. Visit our swimming pools for more information.
Parent and Child Aquatics
Ages 6 months to 3 years old
This program familiarizes young children to the water and prepares them to learn to swim. Parents are given safety information and taught techniques to help orient their children to the water and direction regarding how to supervise water activities. This is a great bonding experience with the wonderful lifelong memories.
Ages 3 to 5 years old
Designed to promote the developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills for young children including entering and exiting the water, breath control, buoyancy, changing direction and position, treading, swimming on front and back, and water safety.
Learn to Swim
Ages 6 years old and Up
This class is designed to teach various components of swimming skills. Ranges will cover basic water skills (ex: floating, kicking, retrieving objects underwater, etc.) to more advanced skills (ex: front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, etc.). Participants will be tested and divided into swimming ability on the first day of class. Levels 1-6 are available.
Adult Swim Lessons
This group class is designed to build upon the individual’s current level whether to gain basic water skills, stroke development, or skills for swimming for fitness. This class provides individualized direction in a group setting.
We also offer classes for Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Instructor, Jr. Lifeguard Camps
Proud Provider of American Red Cross Aquatic Training