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Swim Safe Boston

Get ready to make a splash with Swim Safe Boston!

Swim Safe builds off the Mayor’s commitment to ensure all Boston kids learn to swim and can safely enjoy our City’s coastline and pools.

Through Swim Safe Boston, we’re thrilled to offer:

  • Free swim lessons for youth ages 6 months-18 available at locations across the City
  • Free life jackets for youth that are swimming with their families in open water locations
  • Incentives and free training for lifeguards to keep our city pools safe throughout the year

Swim Safe Access Grant

Mayor Michelle Wu, the Office of Human Services (OHS), and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the Swim Safe Access Grant. Through this competitive grant application, up to $250,000 will be awarded to Boston nonprofit organizations to provide free beginner swim lessons to Boston residents. 

Apply Here

Water Safety Tips

  1. Sign up for swim lessons and learn to swim.
  2. Always swim near a lifeguard.
  3. Don’t let children swim alone. Make sure they always have a swimming buddy.
  4. If someone is in trouble in the water, call for help immediately. Don’t go in after them!
International Water Safety Day

Free swim lessons

Become a Lifeguard

Lifeguard Jobs


We are hiring lifeguards to keep our pools safe! Boston Centers for Youth & Families is offering a starting wage of $22 per hour, signing and retention bonuses, and part-time positions that might appeal to retirees or others seeking a lower number of hours. Training is free!

Find a lifeguard job 

Need A Life Jacket For Your Child?

Using properly-fitted Coast-Guard approved life jackets can reduce the risk of drowning by 50 percent. Contact us at for more information about how to pick one up. 

Request a Life Jacket
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