Learn To Swim

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has offered free swim lessons to the St. John community for more than a decade! Friends believes that everyone on our island should be able to swim. More than a safety issue being able to swim opens up a world of joy above and below the water as well as employment opportunities in the tourism and marine industries and areas like marine research and conservation. Thank you to our supporters and members who make it possible for us to offer free swim classes!

Our Learn to Swim program is designed after the American Red Cross Water Safety Course and includes beginner to advance instruction levels for all ages.  Friends sponsors the training and employment of instructors and life guards.

Learn To Swim

Join us every first and third Saturday morning at Cinnamon Bay Beach! Learn how to swim, how to tread water, or refine your technique!  

  • Ages 4+ are welcome!  Adults and kids!
  • First and third Saturdays from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.
  • Classes take place on Cinnamon Bay beach to the left of the ruin.  Free transportation is available from/to Cruz Bay.  Morning departure from Cruz Bay is 9:00AM.

Everyone who attends at least four lessons will receive personal swim gear and a rash guard. 

All participants must sign a waiver or have their parents or guardians sign a waiver.  Thank you!

Erin Hollander

Erin Hollander

Learn To Swim Coordinator ehollander@friendsvinp.org

Erin hails from Northern California where she grew up swimming, playing water polo, hiking, scuba diving, and snorkeling.  Her passion for the ocean lead her to St. Thomas for the Marine Masters program at UVI. She has been teaching and coaching swimming and water polo since 2009 and is the co-ordinator and lead instructor for the Learn To Swim program.

Learn to swim

Free Life Guard Training

June 22-24 | Cinnamon Bay

Free American Red Cross Lifeguard training course at Cinnamon Bay Resort and Campground on June 22 to 24 provided by St. John Rescue. Friends covers the $385 per person cost. All participants need to sign a letter of intent to be involved with the Learn To Swim program. The pay for lifeguards is $24/hr. Must be 15 years old or older. Please contact Erin Hollander at ehollander@friendsvinp.org

Learn To Swim

Swim Instructors & Life Guards Needed

This is a part time job opportunity in the Friends Learn To Swim program on Saturdays and during the summer.  $20/hour (instructors) | $24/hour (life guards). Free training and certification is provided if needed. Please contact Erin Hollander at ehollander@friendsvinp.org