For some families, Austin summers mean vacationing to the beach or taking a trip to visit family out of state or abroad. Under-served families often have more limited summer activity options that will help them stay active and cool off in the Texas heat.
The City of Austin’s Aquatic Division offers swim lessons for infants and adults at 15 sites throughout the city. Age appropriate class curriculum is designed to cover skills in a logical progression for optimal development. Each stage is challenging but also individualized so students gain confidence in their own abilities.
Five different sessions will be offered between June 5 and July 31. Each session includes eight classes. Fees for residents are $57.25 and $67.50 for non-residents. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers financial support to residents for youth programs. Youth participants must reside in the City of Austin and receive or be eligible to receive reduced or free lunches in their school district to qualify for financial assistance.
If a class is full, a spot on the waiting list will be offered (no fee to be on the waiting list). If a participant drops a class that space will be offered to the first person on the waiting list.
Statesman Swim Safe for Austin Kid, a special non-profit program addressing the critical need for accessible swimming instruction, is also available this summer. Offered through a partnership between the Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin American-Statesman, the program is designed to build a safer community by teaching its youngest citizens the lifesaving skill of swimming. Enrollment is limited and primarily open to east Austin children (Kindergarten – 3rd grade) with limited resources.
Registration may be completed online at austintexas.gov/parksonline. Late registration must be walk-in only to ensure space availability and receipt confirmation prior to the first day of class. More information available at austintexas.gov/swimming.