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Swim Program

Swim Program & Free Lessons: May 9-13, 2016

The Ashley Kelly Swim Program (AKSP):  Registration will begin on May 1, 2016. Class times are 5pm, 6pm and 7pm and will be held at the Loyola Recreational Sports Complex. Thanks to Gulf Coast Bank for sponsoring the AKSP program.

If you are interested in being trained as a certified Water Safety Instructor see below. Classes FREE as part of the AKSP.

FREE Water Safety Instructor (WSI) training: May 2-6, 2016

To register as a WSI, contact TJ Natal at Loyola at (504)865-7375. WSI's, once trained, teach the participants in the week-long AKSP swim program in the evenings. WSI training dates and times: May 2-6, 2016.

The Ashley Kelly Swim Program - St. John the Baptist Parish
Dates: During summer at the Regala Pool in Reserve at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Call (985)652-9569 (Dept of Parks and Recreation) for more information.

Swim Program details: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation partners with the Ashley Marie Kelly Foundation, the American Red Cross, and Tulane University to provide a free week-long swim program in May to anyone in the Pontchartrain Basin who is age 5 or older. Lessons are held at Loyola University's Recreational Sports Complex. They consist 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. The program is also done in St. John the Baptist Parish.

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.)