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Knowing how to swim can help keep you and your child safe when you are near water. There are many places that offer swimming lessons for children, teens, and adults.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

The Massachusetts Deptartment of Conservation & Recreation offers a list of swimming pool locations around the state. Visit and search for Learn to Swim. Choose the Swimming Pool, Wading Pool and Spray Deck link, then click the “Learn To Swim” button to see a list of locations offering swim lessons.

Your City or Town

Your city or town may offer free or discounted swimming lessons — check your city/town website, usually under ‘parks’ or ‘recreation department’, or call the Recreation Department in your community.


Most Y’s across the state offer swimming lessons for children, teens and adults. If you live in the Boston area, you can find of list of swim classes at If you live outside Boston, go to and click “Find Your Y” to find a YMCA near you.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers swimming lessons for children, teens and adults at several of its locations in Massachusetts. Visit and search for “Learn to Swim” to find a local Learn-to-Swim provider.

Learn CPR! Find a class near you:

The Red Cross offers a wide selection of trainings on CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response and emergency preparedness. For information on classes, visit

Learn Water Safety Tips

Read about important swim safety tips and kids’ learning activities at

This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.