Studies have shown that 70 percent of Detroit children have little to no swimming ability and a new partnership is working to change that.
Swim in the D is an exciting new program collaboratively developed and offered by the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The Swim in the D initiative kicks off this summer with a preliminary goal of teaching more than 500 Detroit children to swim and become more confident and safer in and around the water.
The Swim in the D program will include:
Free swimming lessons in Brennan Pool at Rouge Park for Detroit residents age 6 to 17 (two 5-week sessions offered)
Session 1: June 21, 2021 through July 24, 2021
Session 2: July 26, 2021 through August 28, 2021
- Classes will be one-hour long, twice a week and offered on Mondays/Wednesdays, Tuesdays/Thursdays and Fridays/Saturdays; pre-registration is required
- Participants will be grouped by age and ability with no lesson having more than 28 students per class.
- COVID-19 safety protocol will be followed with guidance from federal, state, and local health officials.
- Swim lessons and water safety education to be taught by certified swim coaches.
- Every child will receive a free swim bag complete with swimsuit, t-shirt and swim cap.
- Pre- and post-program skills assessments will be conducted to help ensure effectiveness of the program.