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Posted on: May 9, 2023

Enjoy Summer Swimming: See Water Safety Tips & City Pool Swim Times


May is National Water Safety Month

As summer approaches and the weather heats up, more time is spent near and in the water, but before taking that first monumental splash in the pool, it is important to reflect on the critical need for water safety. During the month of May, in recognition of National Water Safety Month, Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is joining with other aquatic professionals across the country and the American Red Cross to help spread awareness about drowning prevention, and to ensure that every member of your family becomes water competent. 

Achieve Water Competency for Everyone

Water Competency means being water smart, having swimming skills, and knowing how to help others. Children and adults should learn to swim so they at least achieve the skills of water competency -- being able to: enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely. Visit the American Red Cross website for more water safety tips and information.

Swimming and Swimming Lessons at City Pools

Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is committed to helping all Santa Rosans to become water competent and is gearing up to welcome residents to a fun and safe summer season at the City's two public pools -- Ridgway Swim Center and Finley Aquatic Center. Swim lessons are offered now through summer season for swimmers of all ages and experience levels, and scholarships are available for residents who need assistance. Weekend recreational swimming begins May 13 at Ridgway pool and June 5 at Finley pool. Weekday recreational swimming begins May 29 at Finley pool and June 12 at Ridgway pool. Visit for program information, operating schedule, and to register.

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