Clark County's Department of Parks and Recreation will begin accepting registrations for summer swim lessons at pools and community centers starting with mail-in registrations postmarked on or after Tuesday, May 14. Online registration, recommended as the most efficient way to sign up, will be accepted starting on Friday, May 17, followed by walk-in registrations at individual facility locations on Monday, May 20.
"Clark County is proud to offer swimming lessons at our pools and aquatics facilities because they are an absolute necessity in helping to prevent water-related injuries and deaths among children," said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. "We encourage parents to register their children early when our enrollment period opens because summer is the most popular time of year to take swimming lessons."
Clark County has 16 pools and water parks, including facilities in Laughlin, Logandale, Overton and Indian Springs. Swimming lessons are offered year-round at the Aquatic Springs indoor pool and Desert Breeze and Hollywood Aquatic centers, and seasonally at other facilities. All of the county's water parks and neighborhood pools open over Memorial Day weekend, except Logandale pool, which will open mid-June. Swim programs and lesson schedules of activities vary at each Clark County pool location. Parents should visit the Department of Parks and Recreation's aquatics page on the County's website at ClarkCountyNV.gov for information about available classes. Lessons range from beginning skills to get swimmers comfortable in the water to aquatic sports such as swim team, synchronized swimming, water polo and lifeguarding skills. In 2018, Clark County's pools had more than 18,000 enrollments in its aquatics programs. For questions about Aquatics Program classes, call: (702) 455-8508 or email the program at CCAquatics@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Most Clark County pools offer two, three-week sessions during the summer. The first session runs June 17-July 3. The second session runs July 15-August 1. The public is encouraged to reserve spots in the classes as soon as possible. The sessions fill up quickly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online registration is recommended as the most efficient way to register, especially to obtain spots at Desert Breeze and Hollywood pools during the summer.
Registration dates for the second session of summer lessons will be July 2 for mail-in, July 5 for online and July 8 for walk-in. Each aquatics facility has a brochure containing information about swim classes posted on the Parks and Recreation Department's website pages. An aquatics program registration form is posted online and can be printed out and submitted to the facility offering the program of interest.
In addition, Clark County offers a program called Junior Lifeguard. Youth ages 11 to 18 will experience actual lifeguard training throughout this eight-week program. All participants can receive their CPR certification upon successful completion of the class, and those 15 and up can receive their American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification for a $35 fee when they successfully complete all requirements of the class. Registration will take place with all summer registration.
Clark County is a partner in the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition and created a public service announcement in cooperation the Southern Nevada Health District and many other local agencies and organizations to help educate residents about drowning prevention. The PSA is airing on Clark County Television and is posted on the County's social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The following three steps are recommended to prevent drownings:
- Patrol – Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively watch children in the water, including pools, bathtubs, or other bodies of water.
- Protect – Install barriers between your home and pool to ensure safety including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock doggie doors children can't crawl through them.
- Prepare – Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take adult CPR classes, and be sure to equip your pool with proper safety equipment including life jackets, personal floatation devices and rescue tools. If an emergency happens, have a telephone nearby to call 9-1-1.
As part of the community's drowning prevention efforts, Drowning Prevention Coalition members urge all adults to take a pledge to be a Water Watcher every time children in their care are in or near water. Parents also are encouraged to ask about Water Watcher plans whenever they leave their children near water and under the supervision of another adult. Pledge cards will be distributed in English and Spanish at outreach events in the community and are available to be downloaded from the drowning prevention pages of the Health District's website at www.SNHD.info. Water Watcher pledge cards and lanyards also are available to the public at Clark County pools.
Coalition partners include Clark County, the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson , local fire departments, Clark County's Building and Parks and Recreation departments, University Medical Center, pool builders and supply companies, Clark County Safe Kids, Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council, and other agencies and organizations.