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Chula Vista’s Aquatic division has several great programs scheduled, and many of them are free. It’s never too early or late to teach your children about water safety and how to swim.

With Labor Day approaching – a big pool holiday – Chula Vista’s Fire and Recreation Departments will offer residents a free water safety program on Saturday, August 16. The event, scheduled from 12 to 3 p.m. at Parkway Aquatic Center, 385 Park Way, is designed to emphasize safety around water for children and parents. Parents can pre-register their children ages six months to 16 years for free swim lessons by emailing participant name and age to, or just show up the day of the event. Classes are scheduled at 12, 12:35, 1:10, 1:45 and 2:20 p.m.

The event will provide a foundation to help parents understand the steps they must take to keep their children and guests safe around the pool. At this event, children will receive free swim lessons and learn how to properly use a life jacket. Parents will learn about the value of fences and alarm systems, and receive an introduction to the importance of learning CPR. Attendees will also be treated to a barbeque hosted by the Chula Vista Firefighter’s Foundation. Recreation class demonstrations will also take place at Parkway Gym showcasing fall activities.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 years in the United States. For more information about Chula Vista’s water safety program, visit

If you want to entice your little ones to read more and learn to be safe in the water, we can help! Thanks to a grant from USA Swimming Foundation, Chula Vista is offering a new and unique program, Read to Swim. The program is designed to address three vital issues affecting youth: water safety, literacy and the fight against childhood obesity. Children are rewarded for reading by receiving free swimming lessons at City pools. Those ages 4 to 16 years old must read an age appropriate book and then write a brief book report. Books can be obtained from home or the library and those who cannot yet read, may have a parent read to them and draw a picture of their favorite part of the story. Book report forms can be picked up at the nearest City pool or downloaded at

The Read to Swim lessons are scheduled at both City Aquatic Centers: Parkway, 385 Park Way and Loma Verde, 1420 Loma Lane. Only walk-in registration is accepted for this free program with registration beginning August 18, from 3-6:45 p.m. Loma Verde Aquatic Center will host the first two sessions with Session One held from September 2-12, and Session Two from September 15-26. Parkway Aquatic Center will host Session 3 from September 22-October 4, and Session Four from October 6-17. All sessions will be held Monday through Friday, between 4-7 p.m.

Children participating in the Read to Swim program will be asked to take a Soda Free Challenge during their swim lessons and commit to not drink soda for two weeks. They will also be asked to track their consumption of fruits and vegetables each day of the challenge.

In addition to the above free programs, registration for fall swimming lessons will begin on August 11, at 8 a.m. online at, or walk-in registration on August 18, from 3-6:45 p.m. Fees are $35 for Chula Vista residents and $44 for non-residents. Private swim lessons are also offered at $80 for four 30-minute classes. For more information and registration times, please call Parkway at (619) 409-1985 or Loma Verde at (619) 409-1987.

Posted: August 8, 2014

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