Learn To Swim
Imagine growing up on an island with the beautiful warm Caribbean Sea sparkling all around you. Each day new discoveries await as you dive into the crystal blue sea! You are confident that you have the skills you need to navigate the water safely. You take opportunities to go out on boats, snorkel, and scuba dive. You set your sights on a career in the maritime industry as you develop a deep appreciation for marine preservation. You excel in math and science. By high school you have an internship with the Friends. You choose to study marine biology in college, and receive the Jeffery Matheny Scholarship from the Friends. You graduate college and land your dream job working to protect local fisheries.
Virgin Islands National Park and the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park have offered free swim lessons to St. John youth during the summer months in the park for more than a decade! Our ‘Learn to Swim’ program is designed after the American Red Cross Water Safety Course and includes beginner to advance instruction levels. The Friends sponsors the training and employment of instructors and life guards.
After a year off, we are happy to once again be offering swim lessons in Virgin Islands National Park in 2021. Initially swim lessons will be offered through the Sports, Parks & Recreation Summer Camp. Please contact Mr. Elroy Hill, Director (340) 473-7502 or Ms. Kayla Fessale, Camp Leader (340) 201-3322 for more information.
Working with the Virgin Islands National Park and Sports, Parks & Recreations, Friends is proud to sponsor this program! A huge thanks to the sponsors, swimmers, volunteers, and supporters who participated in the 2021 Beach To Beach Power Swim for making this program possible.