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Posted on: June 15, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City of Shreveport Offers Project Swim

The City of Shreveport will offer Project Swim again this summer. Registration begins Monday, June 18 for this free program that has provided lessons for more than 12,000 participants.

This is the eighth year for the free swim program, which started in 2011 after the tragic 2010 Red River drowning that took the life of six Shreveport teenagers. The City of Shreveport, through SPAR, has partnered with Rock Solid to provide the swim lessons.

“We are glad to be able to continue this program and offer swim lessons that will help young people safely navigate the water this summer,” said Mayor Ollie Tyler.

Project Swim is funded through a grant from the Fannie & John Hertz Foundation. The California-based foundation’s generous donation will underwrite the cost for lifeguards and swim lessons for 1,500 citizens this year.

Swimming lessons will begin June 25 at all SPAR pools. Multiple time slots are available. Each session includes five, 70-minute lessons. The lessons are free and available for any age. Registration is required and is conducted on a first-come, first -served basis. Preference will be given to Shreveport residents.

Interested individuals must register in person for Project Swim by visiting Rock Solid at 718 Professional Drive North between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions about the program, call Rock Solid at 318-779-1451.

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