May 2, 2016

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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  2. It’s always great when kids get a chance to learn to swim. Programs like Take The Plunge in Richmond are working in tandem with Aqua Mobile, an app that helps arrange private swim lessons in San Diego to ensure the next generation is comfortable around the water no matter where they live in California. Awesome!

    Stephanie Broqn | May 3rd, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.