Ready to dive in this summer?

Starting this month, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will be offering NYC residents free swimming lessons for people of all ages through its Learn to Swim program at the City’s outdoor pools throughout the summer.

NYC Parks Department LogoLearn to Swim offers classes for toddlers (1 1/2 years to 5 years old), children (6 to 17 years old), and adults (18 years old or older). To register, interested residents have to apply through a free online lottery system by using a valid email address beginning on Monday, June 12, at 7 a.m.

Classes are divided into four sessions, and classes are held each day while in session:

  • Session 1: July 6 – July 19
  • Session 2: July 21 – August 3
  • Session 3: August 7 – August 18
  • Advance Session: August 21 – August 25

You can register yourself or a child for up to three sessions, and you or your child may register for one class per session.

Interested? Keep in mind the following dates and times, as these will be the last times you can enter the lottery for each session:

  • Session 1: Sunday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Session 2: Monday, July 10, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Session 3: Monday, July 31, at 12:00 p.m.
  • Advance Session: Monday, August 14, at 12:00 p.m.

Residents who submit lottery forms will be emailed about the status of their applications no later than Tuesday, June 27 for Session 1, Wednesday, July 12 for Session 2, and Wednesday, August 2 for Session 3. Lottery applicants who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list.

For more information about the Learn to Swim program, including locations, times, and program details, visit the Parks Department’s webpage.

Posted by The Morning Bell

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  1. Jesselyn Dullea June 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    HI, the link to the swim class is not working… >

    1. It’s working now! Thanks!