St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Free Swimming Lessons Available in St. John Parish

Free Swimming Lessons Available in St. John Parish

 Friday, August 3, 2012

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – Beginning Tuesday August 14, children ages five to seventeen  will have the opportunity to receive free swimming lessons at REGALA pool through the Ashley Kelly Swim Program sponsored by American Red Cross, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and St. John the Baptist Parish Parks and Recreation.  The program is funded through Capital Funds from the State of Louisiana secured by State Representative Randall Gaines. “Through a great partnership with the state, American Red Cross and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation we were able to offer this program to our youth.  Many residents in our community have been affected by accidents involving water and this program is designed to help prevent future accidents. It is important that our children know about water safety and become comfortable around pools and other bodies of water,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

Participants will receive five (5) forty-five minute lessons through the American Red Cross to learn life-saving swimming skills and safety in, on, and around water.  Following the swim lesson, participants will learn how to become better stewards of the environment.  Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 14 through August 30.  Classes will be held in the evenings at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. and participants will attend the same session each lesson.  Transportation will be provided to and from the program. Council members Lucien Gauff and Art Smith both expressed their support for the program and its importance to children in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Space is limited to 210 participants on a first come basis.  Registration is being accepted at the St. John Parks and Recreation Office located at 200 Regala Park Road, and forms can be completed in the office or downloaded from the Parish website at  The last day to register for the program is Monday, August 13.