Time to sign up kids for swim lessons for summer: Registration is open

Brigitte Decato, a swim instructor with the Swim Safe program at the YMCA, works with Octavio Ruiz, 5, (center) on the backstroke. 2007 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN

I know summer might feel far away, but it’s time to get those swim lessons on the schedule. The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department’s swim class and swim team registration is open.

Remember, drowning doesn’t look like you might think it does. It’s silent. Read more about that and ways you can prevent drowning with my swim safety guide.

• Registration begins Monday, April 3, 2017 at 8 a.m. (10  a.m. for non-residents)
• Registrations are accepted online (www.austintexas.gov/parksonline), via fax (512-974-9344) or in-person (2818 San Gabriel St. Austin, TX 78705)
• Registrations are processed on a first-come, first serve basis
• Registration fees are due, in full, at the time of enrollment
• For more information on our swim teams and swim lesson schedules and level descriptions, please visit: www.austintexas.gov/swimming


If you can afford swim classes for your kid, consider making a donation for another child to take a class. The Statesman’s Swim Safe program helps do just that.  To find out more about the program or to donate, go to community.statesman.com/swim_safe.php or email community@statesman.com.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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