Make a Splash Initiative Offers Free Swim Lessons for Local Children

Swim lesson scholarships made possible by partnership with USA Swimming Foundation, Spokane Parks Foundation

Monique Cotton, Director of Communications and Marketing, Spokane Parks & Recreation, 509.435.1866,

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 12:29 p.m.

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Division, in partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation and the Spokane Parks Foundation is offering scholarships for FREE swim lessons at City pools through the Make a Splash program. Hundreds of scholarships are still available for area children. Through this initiative, the Parks and Recreation Division is committed to giving every child in our community the opportunity to learn to swim.

Community members are invited to sign up as soon as possible by clicking here.


Swim lessons are available at A.M. Cannon, Comstock, Hillyard, Liberty, and Shadle Aquatic Centers. To obtain a sponsored swim lesson, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the My Spokane desk at City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
  2. Bring Completed application (attached).
  3. Upon approval, register for swim lessons with a My Spokane representative.
More about the Make a Splash Initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.

More about the Spokane Parks Foundation

Founded in 1952, the Spokane Parks Foundation offers grants and works with like-minded community organizations to ensure community parks continue to be healthy community assets.  Their program Make a Splash In a Kid’s Life is focused on providing quality recreational activities for local families in need. Through donations from the community, the Make a Splash In a Kid’s Life program has been able to distribute more than 1,000 swim passes to local youth and has worked to ensure kids have swimsuits to wear to the pool.