Summer's inching closer, and it's time to take a dip.
Free outdoor pools across NYC re-open on June 27, but sometimes kiddos need a little extra attention before they start splashing around with friends. NYC Parks' free Learn to Swim program registration has just opened, and the lottery system is something you can't miss—especially if your young'un needs to perfect his or her strokes.
Sessions are offered for toddlers (1 1/2–5 year olds), children (6–17) and even adults (18 and up) throughout the five boroughs' free pools. The first session is July 6–19, followed by July 23–Aug 3 and Aug 7–17. An advanced session will take place from Aug 20–24.
If you're interested in securing a spot at your neighborhood venue (check out the participating pools here), then there are a few things to note. Registration for Session 1 will end at 11:59 pm on June 24; registration for Session 2 will end at noon on July 9; registration for Session 3 will end at noon on July 30 and registration for Advanced Learn to Swim classes will end at noon on Aug 13. Make sure you mark your calendars accordingly!
Due to the free online lottery, those interested must sign up with a valid e-mail address. Winners will be chosen randomly for particular sessions, but if you're not one of the lucky ones selected, you'll be placed on a waiting list, so fear not. You can sign up for up to three sessions, but you'll need to verify your child's age on the first day of the lessons so he or she can be grouped accordingly. Don't miss two consecutive days of class—you'll get the boot.
For a full list of guidelines and to claim a spot, click here. See you at the pool!