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Swimming lessons and lifeguard training

Swimming lessons are critical for water safety. We recommend everyone learn how to swim.

Minneapolis classes

Swimming lessons may be available at a variety of locations throughout the summer. You can look for classes on the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website.

Women-only swimming lessons

The Philips Aquatics Center offers classes only for female participants. These classes are led by female instructors. For more information, email

Lifeguard training

People 15 and older can take a course to become a certified lifeguard and work for Minneapolis parks. They must first pass a swimming skill test before taking the course. To register, visit the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board website.

Swimming lessons outside Minneapolis

Hennepin County offers free or low-cost swimming lessons in partnership with the Youth learn to swim grants. For more information, see Youth Learn to Swim grants.

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