Free Youth Swimming Lessons Offered at Lacy Park Pool Through YWCA Tulsa Partnership

The summer season should be a happy, fun-filled time of year. But every year in the U.S., nearly 900 children and adolescents, ages 0 to 19, die from unintentional drowning.

However, learning how to swim can reduce a child’s risk of drowning by 88 percent.

Statisticians say formal swim lessons with a certified water safety instructor go a long way to reduce the risk of death by drowning, which is a leading cause of accidental death for children, ages 1-4.

Thanks to a community partnership with the YWCA Tulsa, the American Red Cross, and Tulsa Parks, youth swim lessons will be offered for free this summer at Lacy Park Pool.

The “All Swim” program with YWCA Tulsa provides beginning-level swim techniques needed for children to be safe in the water. The program is free to children who live in the following Tulsa zip codes – 74106, 74110, 74115, 74130, 74117, 74126, and 74127.

Four sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the following dates: June 6-16, June 20-30, July 11-21, and July 25-August 4.

The “Los Pececitos” program will also offer bilingual swimming lessons for Spanish-speaking families and children from June 7-30 and July 12-August 4 at the YWCA East Community Center, 8145 E. 17th St.

For more information, contact Megan Vann with the YWCA Tulsa at mvann@ywcatulsa.org, or by calling (918) 749-2519.

Parents or guardians will need to fill out a registration form before the first day of lessons. If you would like to pick up a copy of the registration form, please contact Nick Pond, Aquatics Coordinator, at npond@cityoftulsa.org or by calling (918) 210-3303.

Currently, Tulsa Parks is not offering swim lessons at any other pool facilities. However, staff continues to actively recruit trained instructors to help provide more programming to the greater Tulsa area.

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