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State Eyes Partners to Expand Swim Lesson Access

BOSTON, MA – The Commonwealth recently announced a new program, entitled Safe Water Initiative Massachusetts (SWIM), that seeks to support free swimming lessons across the state. DCR provided free lessons to over 300 young people this summer over three two-week sessions, however demand far outpaced availability and the agency is seeking to prepare for next summer.

The program is currently looking to fund qualified third-party partners that can provide free beginner swim lessons to children and adults. The SWIM program is making available a total of $475,000 for eligible applicants.


“This is a terrific opportunity to work together to help more young people and adults across Massachusetts learn how to swim, enhance water safety in our communities, and prevent potentially tragic outcomes,” said State Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth).  


More information about the program may be found below:


  • The Request for Responses (RFR) is accepting application now, and will accept new applications for funding on a rolling basis through March 2022.
  • The Administration is focused on ensuring that this funding is used to expand access to swimming lessons for those who need it most, especially residents in underserved communities that may not have the ability to afford expensive swimming lessons for their children.
  • As such, DCR is working to partner with organizations within Environmental Justice areas, to ensure equitable assess for people of color and low-income families.
  • To review the RFR and submit a proposal, visit


Organizations who are well-suited to provide this important service to residents are strongly encourage to apply. 


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