Beat the summer heat and help young children stay safe with free swim lessons offered in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
In Broward County, sign up at WaterSmartBroward.org to get a coupon by mail good for the free lessons for children aged 6 months to 4 years. The site lists vendors offering lessons. Some providers offer lessons for free, but others redeem the coupon as a $40 discount and parent's pay the balance. There also is a coupon good for for adult swimming lessons. The program is sponsored by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Swim Central.
The county's Drowning Prevention Coalition currently has a waiting list for certificates for free swimming lessons. Fill out one application per child. Get more information at PBCGOV.com/DPC.
Broward County has one of the highest fatality rates nationally for drownings among children ages 1 to 4, according to statistics. The highest percentage of fatal drownings of children in the U.S. occur in July, August and September.