Swim Program & Free Lessons:
April 24-28, 2017 at Loyola University
May 8-12, 2017 at Tulane University
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The Ashley Kelly Swim Program (AKSP): Registration opens in April 2018. Class times are 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm for both sessions. Thanks to Gulf Coast Bank for sponsoring the AKSP program.
The Loyola session will be held at the Loyola Recreational Sports Complex, and the Tulane session will be held at the Tulane University Reily Student Recreation Center.
If you are interested in being trained as a certified Water Safety Instructor see below. Classes are FREE as part of the AKSP.
FREE Water Safety Instructor (WSI) training: April 17-21, 2017 (Loyola session) and May 1-5, 2017 (Tulane session).
To register as a WSI for the Loyola session, contact TJ Natal at Loyola at (504)864-7375. To register as a WSI for the Tulane session, please contact Joann Haydel at (504)836-2216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WSI's, once trained, teach the participants in the week-long AKSP swim program in the evenings.
Swim Program details: This year, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is partnering with the Ashley Marie Kelly Foundation, the American Red Cross, Tulane University, and Loyola University to provide two free week-long swim programs in April and May to anyone in the Pontchartrain Basin who is age 5 or older. Lessons are held at Loyola University's Recreational Sports Complex and at Tulane University's Reily Student Recreation Center. Each session consists of 5 weekday classes, each a 40-minute session of swim instructions. In addition to this, each day there is a 5-minute session about environmental issues that affect the Pontchartrain Basin. We live surrounded by water and need to know how to be caretakers of our environment as well as how to safely enjoy the recreation it offers.
For a downloadable fact sheet on the swim program, click here.
Volunteers are needed each year to assist in this program. To provide an adequate number of instructors, an additional program was created to train strong swimmers 16 years or older to be Water Safety Instructors (WSI). Normally a $300 class, the WSI students attend a week of instruction free of charge and complete training the following week by serving as swim instructors for the Ashley Kelly Swim Program. Classes are offered in the evenings.
FOR MORE INFO ON ADDITIONAL FREE SWIM LESSON PROGRAMS available in Orleans Parish through the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the American Red Cross call Red Cross at 504-620-3105.)