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DCR Learn to Swim 2021

The DCR provides free swimming lessons at several state pools and follows the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.

The DCR's Learn to Swim Program is composed of classes that run during the week, in the mornings before pools open to the public. Classes are held from 9:30-10am (ages 6 and older) and 10:10-10:40am (ages 4-5). The Dennis F. Shine Pool, in Worcester, is offering classes from 8:30-9am and 9:10-9:40am. Adult classes may be provided upon request.

The minimum age we serve is 4 years. Children must be at least 4 years old by the first lesson.


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DCR Two-Week Sessions

Registration dates are specific to each session. Any requests outside of those dates will not be accepted. Register here

Session 1: 7/5-7/16 (registration is from 6/28-7/2)

Session 2: 7/19-7/30 (registration is from 7/12-7/16)

Session 3: 8/2-8/13 (registration is from 7/26-7/30) 

Registration is mandatory and done on a first come, first serve basis. 

All classes are 30 minutes in length and free of cost state-wide.

Pools offering lessons

More opportunities to learn to swim

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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.

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, view the list of YMCA Boston swim classes. If you live outside Boston, go to the Alliance of Massachuestts YMCAs' “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 the Red Cross “Learn to Swim” provider list and select Massachusetts.

Boys & Girls Clubs

Thirty Club sites across the state have pools and offer swimming lessons for children and teens.

Please visit the "Find Your Local Club" page to find a Boys & Girls Club near you.

Learn CPR! Find a class near you

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