Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked 


If you have a question about our organization or programming that is not answered below, feel free to contact us.

Q: What does a quality learn-to-swim program look like?
Q: At what locations do you offer the program?

A: The City Swim Project offers swim programming at several locations. Some are open to the public, while others are open only to families that are members/students of the city/town/organization/school.

Q: What does it cost?

We offer free or reduced membership for families based on income or proof of financial assistance. To be eligible, provide one of the documents listed below with your registration application. For more information, download the City Swim Project’s Membership Fee Structure.

  • A copy of your current 1040 Federal Tax Return with Social Security Numbers removed, will be used to appropriately determine membership fee costs. If your household income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, lessons are free.
  • Swim lessons are free if a photocopy of an approved letter from a financial assistance program is provided, such as:
    • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
    • Social Security Disability Insurance
    • Food Stamps
    • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
    • Supplemental Security Income
    • Women, Infant and Children’s Program
    • Medicaid
    • Children’s Health Insurance Plan
    • Section 8 Public Housing
    • Home Energy Assistance Program
    • Direct Notification Letter from NYS for Free/Reduced Lunch

If you do not qualify for any of the standards above, you will be required to provide payment for each registered child. Cost per child is listed on this link. Your adjusted household income on your IRS 1040 Tax Form will determine the cost of membership.

Q: What days do you offer lessons?

The days that lessons are offered vary based on the location. View locations and schedules.

Q: How often can my child attend?

One lesson per week is allowed pending approval of Learn-to-Swim Director

Q: Does the City Swim Project provide equipment?
All child learn-to-swim participants receive a swim cap, goggles, and swimsuit on an annual basis. Should a child need a replacement, it will come at a modest cost.
Q: How do you determine what level my child will be in?
New children will be tested by instructors and placed into an appropriate level during their first lesson. Children who have been away from the program for an extended amount of time will be retested upon their return to the water.
Q: How long will it take for my non-swimmer to become a swimmer?

A: Every child learns at a different pace. While each level of the City Swim Project has curriculum and benchmarks, no timeline can be provided to achieve swimming competence.