COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - If your child is learning to swim, there is an upcoming new program you might be interested in.
The Muscogee County School District and Columbus Parks and Recreations will be launching the "Learn to Swim" program for kindergartners .
Schools that will have the program are Rigdon Road, Saint Mary Magnet School, and Wynnton Arts Academy.
The program will concentrate on developing swimming and water safety skills, and will also be free to parents.
Students will be given ten 30-minute lessons over a two-week period during the school day.
The program is expected to begin in September.
Officials explained the goal of this pilot program is to create lifelong participants in water activities for their health, safety, enjoyment and career opportunities.
Students will be transported to and from the Columbus Aquatic Center on Macon Road by MCSD school buses and drivers. They will be supervised at all times by Muscogee County School District and Columbus Parks and Recreation personnel.
Once at the facility, they will participate in 30 minutes of swimming instruction led by certified swim instructors. Teachers and staff will be with the children at all times.
There is an observation area available for parents to watch.
A swimming assessment will be done at the beginning and end of the program to allow parents to know how their child progresses and how parents can support their continued swim growth within the community, which could include recreational swim, advanced lessons, as well as competitive swim opportunities.