Swim Program

Ashley Kelly Swim Program

Free Swimming Lessons for residents of the Pontchartrain basin, age 5 to adults

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Ashley Kelly Swim Program (AKSP):  Classes were held from May 21, 2018 through May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Tulane University Reily Student Recreation Center.

Thank you to Gulf Coast Bank for sponsoring the AKSP program!

FREE Water Safety Instructor (WSI) training: May 14-18, 2018: To register as a certified Water Safety Instructor (WSI), please contact Anne Barrett at (504)836-2238 or anne@saveourlake.org.  Classes are FREE as a part of AKSP.  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, and Tulane University to provide a week of free swim lessons in May to residents of the Pontchartrain Basin, age 5 to adult. Lessons are held at Tulane University's Reily Student Recreation Center.  The session consists of 5 weekday classes, each a 40-minute session of swim instructions.  In addition to this, each day begins with 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.)

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