Be Water Smart from the Start


With water everywhere in Tampa Bay, it’s important to teach all kids how to swim. In fact, formal swim lessons cut down the drowning risk by 88 percent. But signing up for swim lessons doesn’t come easy for many parents. To help reach as many kids as possible, the Tampa YMCA partners with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and others to offer a free mobile water safety program.


This is the fourth summer certified instructors, from the Tampa YMCA and Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, travel to pools located in 25 different apartment complexes and local neighborhoods to provide free 45-minute lessons in basic water safety and swim skills. Up to 24 children, ages 3-14, may participate in each one-week session from now until August 9th.


“The goal is to eliminate barriers that can prevent parents from getting their kids into water safety or swim classes,” says Aquatics Experience Executive Amanda Walker. “We want to remove challenges such as transportation issues, a hectic work schedule and other deterrents.”


Partners of this innovative program, funded by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, include the Tampa YMCA and Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center. For more information, contact Director of Mobile Swim Chris Alaynick at or at 813.224.9622, ext. 1292.

Click the video above to see how the Y’s innovative mobile water safety program is helping save lives, thanks to the generosity of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.

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