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Swim Safe Boston

Get ready to make a splash this summer 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 3-12 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
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Free swim lessons

Boys and Girls Club Boston

To access free swim lessons for ages 6 through 8, please contact the following clubs: 

The Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Yawkey Club of Roxbury

Jasmine Santos, Membership Director


The Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Berkshire Blue Hill Club

Richard Mojica, Aquatics Director


YMCA Boston

To prevent youth drownings and ensure local families can enjoy a safe summer in the water, the YMCA of Greater Boston is offering children ages 3 through 12 FREE SWIM LESSONS this Summer! 

Swimming lessons save lives. You can help the Y provide more swim lessons for youth and adults by making a donation to the YMCA of Greater Boston. Help us teach everyone how to be safe around water.

register here 


The DCR is pleased to offer three separate two-week sessions of swimming lessons at their three Boston pools for ages 4 through 12. 

register here 

Free life jackets



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! 



Lifeguard Jobs


We are hiring lifeguards to keep our pools safe this summer and year-round! Boston Centers for Youth & Families is offering a starting wage of $22/hr, 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! 

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