Sign up now for free swim lessons for children in Broward and Palm Beach counties

Free swim lessons for Broward and Palm Beach county children.

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.

In Palm Beach County, YMCAs in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach recently got a $100,000 grant to continue giving free swimming lessons to 5,000 children ages 3 to 18. Click here for more information.

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.

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