Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim


Palo Alto College has partnered with Southwest ISD to provide free swim lessons to approximately 2,000 second-grade students from both school districts during the 2017-2018 academic year at the College’s Aquatic Center. The Learn-to-Swim program will be offered at the College’s recently renovated Aquatic and Athletic Center, a jointly-owned facility with the City of San Antonio. With support from the city’s Parks and Recreation department, the Learn-To-Swim program will address the need for swim-related safety fitness in the predominately Hispanic south side of San Antonio. Palo Alto College’s Aquatic Center serves more than 30,000 visitors each year, and more than 25 percent of all visitors reside in City Council District 4, home to South San Antonio ISD and Southwest ISD.

Beginning the first day of swim lessons and over the course of two school weeks, participating second graders will progress through 10 swim training stations during their 45-minute sessions. With an optimal 1:5 instructor-to-student ratio, swimmers will learn the basic breathing, floating, and stroke skills recommended by Swim America, a national program operated by the American Swimming Coaches Association.

The 88,000-square-foot Aquatic and Athletic Center at Palo Alto College opened in 1992 as a joint effort with the City of San Antonio to bring a one-of-a-kind swimming facility to San Antonio and has hosted a number of high caliber competitions, including the U.S. Olympic Festival, US Open Swimming Championships, Senior Olympics Games, U.S Paralympics Nationals, and several NCAA Championships. Open to the public year-round, the pool offers open swim, lap swim, fitness, and recreational programs for all ages. F