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

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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.

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