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Where to get free swim lessons in the Tampa Bay Area during spring break

Posted at 4:23 AM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 15:29:59-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — To remind the community to be water smart from the start, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is teaming up with the Tampa Bay Rays to offer free Safety Around Water lessons to children from March 12-15 to coincide with Hillsborough County Public Schools spring break.

This free Safety Around Water program is offered annually in the spring to help kids stay safe at the beach, pool, lake and while boating. It’s open to the entire community, beginners and non-swimmers, ages 3-12 years old.

During the free 4-day course, certified instructors teach children a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water.

A YMCA membership is NOT required; however, pre-registration is required due to limited space. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel.

Classes take place Monday, March 12 - Thursday, March 15. Times vary based on YMCA location. 

For more information, click here or contact the following participating Ys to pre-register:

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA  
110 East Palm Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

East Pasco Family YMCA 
37301 Chapel Hill Loop             
Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center
4015 Ragg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33624

Campo Family YMCA 
3414 Culbreath Rd.
Valrico, FL 33596

North Brandon Family YMCA 
3097 S. Kingsway Rd.
Seffner, FL 33584

 Northwest Hills. Family YMCA  
 8950 W. Waters Ave. 
Tampa, FL 33615                                                                                                                                 

Plant City Family YMCA  
1507 YMCA Pl.
Plant City, FL 33563

South Tampa Family YMCA 
4411 S. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33611

The free water safety programs will also take place during Spring Break at the YMCA of the Suncoast locations. Please contact your local YMCA to register. 

The program will take place March 12-15, at YMCA locations in Hernando
Hernando YMCA
1300 Mariner Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34609
(352) 688-9622 

The James P. Gills Family YMCA in Pasco County will hold their water safety lessons March 19-22. 

8411 Photonics Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 375-9622 

YMCA of the Suncoast locations in Pinellas and Citrus counties will hold their lessons March 26-29. 
Learn more here.

This program is open to all in the community and a YMCA membership is not required; however, pre-registration is required due to limited space. Times vary based on location. 


Water Smart Tots, Inc. is a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation dedicated to eliminating pediatric drowning in Hillsborough County by promoting awareness through (1) water safety education and by (2) providing access to  survival swimming skills to infants and young children ages 12 months to 6 years who are financially underprivileged, or who have special needs.

Water Babies | Seal Swim School
Water Babies classes are designed to offer a fun and relaxed aquatic experience for parent and infant. The Water Babies class boosts development of the whole child and early year round lessons accelerate development; physically, intellectually, and emotionally. This non-submerging class is for infants 0-5 months. The Water Babies class is free! However, new families pay $55.00 "New Family Registration Fee."

Lutz:  (813) 229-7946 (SWIM)
South Tampa: (813) 879-7946 (SWIM)
Wesley Chapel: (813) 991-7946 (SWIM)