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Swim Safe Sumter

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County

Due to our on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) response activities and efforts to safeguard the community's health, we will not be able to provide the Swim Safe Sumter program this summer (2020).  As we battle this pandemic, we must ensure our resources are adequate to respond as the situation evolves.  The health and safety of Sumter County residents is our number one priority.

We look forward to continuing the Swim Safe Sumter program in the near future with the same high level of service residents have come to expect.  It is gratifying to know that we help teach today's youth how to be safe in and around the water.  Please keep an eye out for future communication on registration in March/April 2021.

Please feel free to contact me, Robbin Washburn, at 352-569-3149 if you have any questions and continue to check back at our website for future updates.

Robbin Washburn, Operations & Management Consultant II

Did You Know?

Swim Safe Sumter is a county-wide program provided during the summer months that offers low-cost swimming lessons to children 3 - 12 years of age.

Parent and Child Aquatics (only 3 years old) helps children to become more comfortable in the water while remaining in the security of their parents arms.  This class requires a parent or guardian to accompany the child in the pool.

Preschool Aquatics (Ages 4-5) begins with basic skills, floating and moving through the water with support and continues to build on these skills until the child is able to swim independently or until the child reaches age 6.

Learn to Swim (Ages 6-12) begins with basic skills, floating and moving through the water with assistance.  The child continues to build on these skills until he or she can swim independently advancing to individual strokes including Front Crawl, Elementary Backstroke, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and more.

Lessons in the early levels emphasize skills to make the child both comfortable and safe in the water.

  • Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4.
  • The highest risk of drowning for both males and females is between ages 1 to 4.
  • In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning death rate (7.54 per 100,000 population) in the nation for children 1 to 4 year old age group.
  • Florida had the second highest drowning rate (2.54 per 100,000 population) in the nation for children 1-14 years old.
Current national injury data

Swim Safe Sumter Brochure


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