DCR Learn to Swim 2022

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 proud to offer another season of service! Our classes run during the week, in the mornings before pools open to the public. The classes we provide are focused on water safety education and basic swimming skills. These classes are strategically designed for beginner-level swimmers. Classes are held from 9:30-10am (ages 6-12) and 10:10-10:40am (ages 4-5). The Dennis F. Shine Pool, in Worcester, is offering classes from 8:30-9am (ages 6-12) and 9:10-9:40am (ages 4-5). It is our recommendation that each swimmer resumes their education by taking further swimming lessons upon completion of our program. 

Please note: children must be at least 4 years old by the first class in order to be eligible. No exceptions.

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DCR Two-Week Sessions

Register here for DCR Learn to Swim Sessions

30 minute group lessons held on weekdays

Session 1: July 5-July 15 (registration begins on Monday, June 27, at 8 am)

Session 2: July 18- July 29 

Session 3: August 1- August 12 

gentle reminder that filling out our form is a request and does not guarantee enrollment. An email confirmation will be sent to those awarded a spot in a class. Registration will close once classes, by facility, are full. 

Registration is mandatory and done on a first come, first serve basis. A confirmation email must be provided to have access to the facility for lessons. 

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.

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.

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