Summer Bluefish is a program that offers free swim lessons to youth ages 8-13 who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn to swim. The program works to get kids excited about swimming in the river as + POOL works to provide clean and safe access to it.
Friends of + POOL provides each student with everything they need to be successful in the swim program. This includes swim gear consisting of a swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, and towel; as well as a t-shirt, bag, and booklet that outlines the lessons learned each day of class.
We commission an artist each year to design a unique pattern for the swim gear to celebrate the new class of students, then work with a clothing label to produce each item and distribute to students free of charge. At the end of the program, each student receives a medal to commemorate their completion of the program and a mock-up of a + POOL tile, engraved with their name, that will be installed in + POOL once built.
Summer Bluefish is sponsored in part by TYR, Anna Wolf & Mike Perry, and Greenpoint Landing.
Summer Bluefish is a proud Local Partner for USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash.
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. To date, more than 4 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 750 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit here.