Monday, May 7, 2012

Water & Safety Classes

For More Information Contact:
Shannon Smith, 860-550-4077

The Perfect Way to Prepare for Summer: Free Water Safety and Swimming Classes

April 20th, 2012, Queens, NY—The Swim Strong Foundation, in partnership National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and National Park Service are delighted to offer free Introduction to Water Safety and Swimming classes for New York City Youth ages 12-17.  Classes will be held Saturday mornings or Wednesday nights throughout May and June at Far Rockaway High School in Queens.  The classes were developed in hopes that New York City youth will learn the skills needed to get out and safely enjoy all the opportunities offered by our national parks with summer. 

Saturday classes will be held May 5th- June 30th from 11:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Wednesday classes will be held May 2nd until June 27th from 7-7:30 p.m. 

“We're thrilled to be able to offer this program with the National Park Service and Swim Strong, and thankful for the support from the National Recreation Foundation. It's so crucial to teach kids water safety and make sure they have swimming skills, especially here in the Rockaways where there are so many great opportunities for water-based sports and recreation,” offers the  National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy (Harbor Conservancy). 

Our national parks offer a broad range of opportunities for water sports, including swimming and kayaking. 

These classes and all Swim Strong programs at Far Rockaway High School would not be possible without the ongoing support of Council Member James Sanders

There is a limit of 25 students per class so register your swimmer now.   E-mail Shawn Slevin  at to register or visit for more information. 

About Swim Strong Foundation:
Swim Strong Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer run organization that saves and changes lives through swimming. Lives are saved by offering affordable swim programs from the most beginning levels through competitive. We are stopping the drowning. Lives are changed educating families about the importance of nutrition and exercise, challenging children to learn the life lessons of commitment, goal setting self-discipline, persistency, team work and resiliency through competitive swimming, and inspiring strong swimmers to explore other water based sports, some of which offer college scholarships.
About National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy:
The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is the primary private partner of the National Parks of New York Harbor [NPNH], sanctioned under a U.S. Department of the Interior General Agreement*. We are charged with providing both philanthropic and earned revenue support to meet the future stewardship needs of NPNH. Our mission is to create for the people an unrivaled vehicle to preserve the environment, promote economic development and create on New York Harbor the finest urban waterfront recreation and educational national park system in the world.
About National Park Service:
Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we are proud to safeguard these nearly 400 places and to share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn't stop there. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

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