Middlesex County offers free swimming lessons for all second-graders


From now on, all second-graders in the district can take swimming lessons free of charge. You can register your child here:

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — A four-year-old boy tragically drowned in a backyard pool in North Brunswick last Saturday evening, May 25.

And a two-year-old boy is currently in critical condition at JFK Hospital in Edison after nearly drowning in a pool in South Plainfield earlier that day.

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In response, the Middlesex County government announced Wednesday that it would implement free swimming lessons for all second-graders in the county. Middlesex County government officials made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, May 29.

“My colleagues and I were appalled to hear about the many drowning accidents that occur not only in New Jersey but throughout the United States, where people, especially children, are drowning,” said County Commissioner Ronald Rios. “We wondered if there was something we could do to improve access to basic swimming lessons.”

Drowning is one of the most common accidental causes of death among children. Starting this summer, all second-graders in the district can take part in free swimming lessons.

This is the first time Middlesex County has offered something like this, and it is being led by the Office of Health Services.

County residents can call or email the following participating pools directly to receive FREE lessons. These include:

  • RWJ Fitness and Wellness (60 Cooke Avenue, Carteret, NJ, 07008 | 732-541-2333)
  • Crystal Springs Family Water Park (380 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816 [email protected]
  • Brookside Swim Club (41 Washington Avenue, Milltown, NJ, 08850 | 732-828-9885)
  • Milltown Boro Pool (John F. Kennedy Drive, 61 Violet Terrace, Milltown, NJ, 08850 | 732-828-8231)
  • RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center New Brunswick (100 Kirkpatrick Street #201, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901 | 732-873-1222)
  • North Brunswick High School (98 Raider Road, North Brunswick Township, NJ, 08902 | 732-247-0922 ext. 475)
  • Old Bridge YMCA (1 Mannino Park Drive, Old Bridge, NJ, 08857 | 732-727-0704)
  • Raritan Bay YMCA (357 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ, 08861)
  • YMCA at Piscataway Community Center (520 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ, 07008 | 732-442-3632)
  • South Amboy YMCA Branch (200 John T O'Leary Boulevard, South Amboy, NJ, 08879 | 732-553-9622)
  • Woodbridge Community Center (600 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ, 07095 732-596-4000

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The Middlesex County Office of Health Services will work with each town in the county to reimburse municipal pools and nonprofit organizations for the cost of these free classes. Each town in the county can apply for grants to cover the fees charged to individuals or families for swim lessons.

So far this summer, children have drowned or nearly drowned in New Jersey: 4-year-old boy drowns in North Brunswick backyard swimming pool

2-year-old South Plainfield boy clings to life after near-drowning in pool

2 children almost drown in a pool in South Jersey