Free Swim Lessons For Kids

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UPDATE: as of 2 p.m. Tuesday,  all free swim lesson spots have been filled.  Since our story on Newswatch 16 This Morning, 115 kids have been signed up for the free swim lessons and all spots are full.

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Sign-ups are now underway for a program that could make a real splash for your kids and it's all in the name of safety.

The program surrounds free swim lessons for kids ages three to 12 years old which are launching soon at the Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs.

The facilities in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties received grant money to be able to provide the swim lessons free of charge to children of low-income families.

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey highlighted the program on Tuesday.

Organizers behind the program suggest that if your local YMCA was not mentioned as offering free swim lessons to contact them.

Most YMCAs around the country and here at home often work with families to provide "Y Scholarships" to kids who might not be able to afford the program.

If you have further questions about swim programs in your area, reach out to Diana Dempsey at

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