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New 'FREE swimming lessons' initiative
'Fill the Program'

February 3, 2017
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Saugeen Shores is rolling out a new Aquatic Recreation Assistance Program ... "Fill the Program" initiative aims to remove financial barriers.

Swimming is an important life skill, especially in a beach community. However, not every family can afford to put their children in swimming lessons. The Town of Saugeen Shores hopes to help remove this financial barrier by encouraging families to sign up for the "Fill the Program" initiative.

The initiative allows those who have signed up in advance to be placed into existing aquatic classes at no cost when empty spaces are available. These participants will be contacted after the registration deadline, and placed into the third week of lessons at the specified level. If someone is unsure of their child’s swim level, a free evaluation can be arranged by contacting Centennial Pool.

(L) Shanna  Reid (Aquatic Supervisor) and Laura Moscone (Marketing & Programs Corodinator)

"We are very proud of this program and we hope to see the public take advantage of it," says Shanna Reid, Aquatic Supervisor for the Town of Saugeen Shores. "If we are already running a class and it is not at capacity, there is no extra cost to the Town to fill that spot through this program. Meanwhile, we are able to provide a child with an opportunity to participate and learn important life skills."

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"Fill the Program" was introduced as a pilot project for the Winter 2017 session of lessons, and registration is now available for Spring 2017 with lessons beginning in April. Families may sign up online at saugeenshores.ca through the program registration portal by searching "Fill the Program" (activity #14768) OR call Community Services at 519-832-2008 x131. No application or proof of income is required to register.

"We understand that some assistance programs make people uncomfortable or have a cumbersome application process," says Reid. "We want to make registration easy and simple. For those who need some help, this program is a great option. Though it does not guarantee immediate placement, the program can provide your child with swim lessons at no cost."

This initiative adds one more option to the existing assistance programs available to help local families become involved in recreational activities. Other local assistance programs include Canadian Tire Jumpstart run through Mowbray’s Canadian Tire Port Elgin and support through Bruce County Social Services.


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