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South Shore Swim

FREE Beginner Swim Lessons for 4th-8th graders 


South Shore is offering free after-school beginner swim lessons for students.  Lessons will be given by Seattle Parks certified lifeguards and will cater to swimmers in need of Beginner Level 1 and Beginner Level 2 swim instruction**


Schedule:  Thursdays starting January 19 – March 30 from 2:25pm – 4:15 pm


Each 1 hour 45-minute session includes:

1) time to assemble in the gym,

2) walk to/from pool,

3) change to/from swim clothing,

4) a swim lesson of 30 minutes of in-water instruction,

5) and 30 minutes of supervised in-water play. 


Students will be chaperoned to/from South Shore K-8.

Please note: There is no bus transportation provided for this program.

Who is eligible for Swim?:


The program has a limit of 48 students, so we may not have a spot available for every student who applies for the program.


  • Students in 4th-8th grade are invited to apply.

    • The swim program will include groups of both boys and girls together in each swim class.

    • If you are in the current (Fall) swim program, you will need to re-apply for this new (Winter) session.

  • Current Swim Skill Level: We are focused on those students most in need of BEGINNER swim instruction – Level 1 & 2**.  Students who indicate on their application that they “are competent swimming in the deep end of the pool” will be moved to the end of the list.

  • Grade Level: We are focused on higher grades first (because they are graduating sooner). We will start with the beginner 8th graders (then 7th, then 6th, and so on) and work down through the grades until we reach 48 filled slots.  If there are more than 48 applicants, we'll use a random draw to select participants from the youngest classes. 

  • In the case where 2 or more children from the same family sign-up – we will try to keep siblings enrolled together.  Note, siblings in younger grades will not get priority over students in grades above.


Swim Equipment:  For students who do not already have swim equipment, the PTSA is providing googles, towels, and swim caps for swimmers.  Providing your own swimsuit for your student is not a requirement for joining swim lessons.  For those who need it, we will work with families to supply swimsuits / swim clothing.

Sign-Up forms are due:   Forms are due no later than 2:30pm on Wednesday, November 30th.  If your student is selected, you will receive an email on December 5th to notify you with enrollment paperwork which will need to be completed.  


** Level 1 and 2: students learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it. Students will learn basic/fundamental swimming skills.

Registration is now closed. Please check back again for our next session.

Registration is now closed.
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