Up to 120 Richmond third-graders can get free swim lessons as part of new program

Up to 120 third-graders in Richmond offered free swim lessons as part of new program

As many as 120 third graders in the Richmond area are being offered free swim lessons as part of a new program called Take the Plunge.

The program by Richmond Swims, in partnership with East Bay Regional Park District and with the help from a Pacific Swimming Diversity Grant, provides lifesaving water safety skills for kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn how to swim.

To join the program, students must be a Richmond resident or attend a Richmond school. Those selected will receive six lessons twice a week for three weeks. Along with swim lessons, students will learn water safety skills in the after-school program, which will take place at city-run pools.

The spring session runs from May 9 to May 27, either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fall session dates have yet to be determined.

To register, click here.