Free swimming lessons for children in Pima County

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Summer is right around the corner, which means people in southern Arizona will soon be heading to the pool to escape the heat.

800 free swimming lessons, along with free participant life jackets, will be available in June and July for children who register at Kino, Los Niños and Flowing Wells pools.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and the TMC Vest It UP! are working together to make this happen, saying good swimming technique and water safety are so important in preventing pool drownings.

“Drowning is 100 percent preventable,” said Grant Bourguet, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Program Manager. “Providing free swimming lessons to the community is critically important to reducing the risk of future drowning.”

This collaboration provides a free opportunity for children and families, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, to learn a skill that will keep them safe for a long time.

The Tucson Police Department has already confirmed at least one child drowning death this year.

The Pima County Medical Examiner reported 12 accidental drowning deaths in 2021.

Registration information:

  • To visit www.pima.gov/swimlessons record
  • Opening on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 a.m. for June classes
  • Opening on Tuesday, June 14 at 6 a.m. for July classes
  • Call (520) 724-5171 for more information

Swimming lesson locations:

  • Kino pool
  • Los Ninos Pool
  • Sinking pool

RELATED: Child drowns while swimming near Saguaro Canyon

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