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Swim Seattle Pilot Kick-off April 22 with Mayor Harrell

Mayor Harrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and a host of community partners are excited to announce our first step to offering comprehensive, free swim lessons for Seattle children.

Swim Seattle is an initiative promoting basic swimming and water safety skills. Youth of color are far more likely to die from a swim related death than their white peers and are far less likely to have the opportunity to have engaging, accessible, and effective swim instruction. These disparities have existed for far too long, and it’s time to take a bold step forward in our collective efforts to ensure swim safety for all.

Please join Mayor Harrell and Seattle Parks and Recreation to announce our new pilot program Swim Seattle. Swim Seattle will partner with No More Under, the YMCA, regional recreation partners, Children’s Hospital, University of Washington, the Drowning Prevention Network, and water safety advocates to provide free swim instruction to Seattle area youth. In 2023, the pilot will start with a cohort of 250 low-income youth with the hope that once we get the model right, we can expand citywide, and across the region!

Please join us for a kick-off press conference:

Saturday, April 22, 2023
9:30 -11 A.M.
Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool
8825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
FREE Event! No registration required.

Photo of two young girls wearing swim goggles at the side of a pool, smiling at camera