Tukwila Pool offers free swim lessons through grant

Funding from Kaiser Permanente provides classes to income-eligible familes in 2018.

Michelle Simpson

Michelle Simpson

The Tukwila Pool has wonderful news to share. We are proud to announce that we have received a grant from Kaiser Permanente for 2018 that will allow anyone that can’t afford to pay for swim lessons a chance to learn to swim, no matter where they live or how old they are.

If your child qualifies for the free- or reduced-lunch program at school, they will qualify for free swim lessons. We also offer an income verification option for you and/or your child to qualify for lessons. Please visit our website at tukwilapool.org and go to the scholarships page for the application, which also includes more information, or call or stop by the pool, 4414 S. 144th St. Kaiser Permanente and the Tukwila Pool want to give everyone the chance learn to swim, regardless of income level.

In addition, we have swim suits available for anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. Thanks to generous donations from local community members, we have a limited amount of suits to hand out to anyone in need. See Michelle Simpson, director of aquatics operations at the Tukwila Pool, for this opportunity. You can reach her by email at msimpson@tukwilapool.org or call 206-267-2350 ext. 103.

Did you know that 54 percent of Americans don’t know how to swim? Did you also know that drowning is the leading cause of death in children under age of 5? Swimming is a life skill that is very important for everyone to learn, no matter how old you are. We offer swimming lessons year round for ages 6 months and up, and even adults. Please don’t let the price of lessons keep you from learning to swim.

Free swim lessons will continue throughout 2018 year, as long as funds are available.

We have two types of scholarships for our community, the Kaiser Permanente (KP Scholarship) and the Tukwila Residents Scholarship. See the application information for both to determine which one is right for you and your family. Any questions? Contact the pool staff at 206-267-2350.

See you at the pool!

Michelle Simpson is the director of aquatics operations for the Tukwila Pool.

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