Learn to swim!

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

Organizations

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Many DCR swimming pools, wading pools and spray deck locations offer swimming lessons across the state. Please call the pool facility for more information.

Your city or town

Your city or town may offer free or discounted swimming lessons. Check your city/town website for swimming lessons (search under ‘parks’ or ‘recreation department’) or call the recreation department in your community.

YMCA

Most Y’s across the state offer swimming lessons for children, teens, and adults. If you live in the Boston area, please visit YMCA of Greater Boston Swimming Lessons. If you live outside Boston, please go to 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 locations in Massachusetts. Visit the American Red Cross Swim Classes & Lessons page to find swimming lessons near you.

Prepare for drowning emergencies

The American Red Cross offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response, and emergency preparedness trainings. Visit the American Red Cross CPR Training page to find a class near you.

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