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Confidence with every stroke. SwimATX launched with a pilot program of 88 teens at Reagan HS and LBJ HS in January 2014. This innovative, new program is in partnership with Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin.

Swim instruction takes place during school hours at YMCA and City of Austin pools, and provides Austin ISD P.E. credit for participating teens, in the first phase of the program. The P.E. credit is applied only to this program, and no other programs at this time. 

Upon completion of the SwimATX program, teens receive scholarships for free participation in Lifeguard Certification classes and are guaranteed employment as Lifeguards with the YMCA and City of Austin*.

The zip codes serviced in this pilot program experience some of the highest incidents of drowning in Texas, and the age range of these participants are at increased risks of drowning.

The SwimATX program will continue to expand throughout Austin ISD in the 2017-2018 school year.

While these programs are offered free of charge, most kids don't have the necessary swimwear or equipment. Donate today to help provide a youth with all they need to be successful and safe in the water. 

  • $5 buys one swim cap
  • $10 buys one towel
  • $15 buys one pair of goggles
  • $20 buys one swimsuit
  • $50 buys one Swim Kit - swimsuit, goggles, towel, cap
  • $100 buys one Swim Kit and Swim Lessons


*after successfully completing Lifeguard Certification course and passing background checks.