Program Offering Free Swim Lessons Coming to Clarksville

Clarksville, Tenn – Howard’s Hope has partnered with Clarksville Parks + Recreation to offer free swim lessons to children between the ages of 3 – 12 years old at New Providence Pool. The Howard’s Hope “Flying Fish” program focuses on preventing juvenile drownings in Tennessee by funding swim lessons for children residing in economically disadvantaged households. The funds for the Flying Fish program are provided by a grant from BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee Health Foundation and donations from private and corporate citizens throughout the United States. Each child accepted into the program will receive eight swim lessons, a Flying Fish tote for storing swimsuit, towel, flip-flops, etc., plus a Howard’s Hope t-shirt. Aquatic safety rules will also be taught during the swim lessons. 
 
Parents can choose between two program dates. The first program begins Monday, Feb. 6 and ends Thursday, Feb. 16. The second program begins Monday, Mar. 6and ends Thursday, Mar. 16. Swim lessons start at 5:30 p.m. and run Monday through Thursday evenings for two consecutive weeks. The Clarksville Parks + Recreation instructors will provide basic introductory swim lessons at Clarksville’s only public indoor pool, New Providence Pool. For an application, emailadmin@howardshope.org. Deadlines for submitting applications:
February program – Tuesday, Jan. 31 
March program – Tuesday, Feb. 28
 
Howard’s Hope is a Tennessee nonprofit founded in 2014 by a Murfreesboro husband and wife after witnessing the near drowning of their 4-year old daughter in the family’s swimming pool. The mission of the organization is to reduce juvenile drownings by providing economically disadvantaged youth access to organized programs which provide aquatic safety lessons and teach water survival skills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children younger than 5-years old; and it’s the second leading cause of accidental death for children younger than 14-years old. Tennessee currently ranks 18th in the nation for drowning deaths.
 
The Flying Fish program is also available in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Shelbyville, and Tullahoma, along with being offered at Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University.
 
For more information on Howard’s Hope, visit www.howardshope.org.
 

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