Swim Seattle

A Drowning Prevention and Youth Aquatics Initiative

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Swim Seattle is a new initiative that combines the efforts of YMCA, Public Health-Seattle & King County, Associated Recreation Council, Washington State Parks, No More Under, Seattle Children’s, and the University of Washington to remove barriers to learning to swim and to eradicate disproportionate drownings among youth of color.  

Swim Seattle began in 2023 as a pilot by providing a year of free lessons to a cohort of 250 youth. It  prioritizes access to those who cannot afford lessons, while also providing workshops to support children and their families in becoming comfortable swimmers and water-safe. Read the press release announcing this initiative.

Participants have already been selected for 2023, but watch this page for announcements about qualifying for Swim Seattle in 2024.

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Please follow our Parkways blog and our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram channels for more information on upcoming Swim Seattle events and activities. 

Other Seattle Parks and Recreation Swim Equity Opportunities

As part of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s commitment to equitable and accessible programming,  current scholarship-eligible participants can register for swim lessons a week prior to the general public, each winter, spring, summer and fall. Watch the home page or our Parkways blog for the spcific registration dates each quarter. 

For fall 2023, scholarship swim registration begins August 1 at 12 noon.

Seattle Parks Swim Lesson Registration

YMCA Swim Lessons

The Y welcomes kids and adults of all ages for private and group swim lessons. More info

A lifeguard in the water holds hands with two young girls learning to swim with kickboards

Our community partners

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