Indy Parks Make-A-Splash program offers 3 days of Free Water Safety classes

FREE thirty minute water safety classes will be offered by trained lifeguard staff on June 10th, 11th and 12th at Indy Parks Make-A-Splash program. Indy Parks and the USA Swimming Foundation are partnering to educate children and their families on the importance of safe water practices     in pools and around open water. “Make- A-Splash” is an introductory water safety program, with each day presenting a different topic. Indy Parks is making this free program available at 18 sites throughout the city!

Participants can then stay, swim and enjoy the remainder of each day for free at that Indy Park pool

The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. each of the three days at these pools:

Broad Ripple Park                   327-7333         1450 Broad Ripple Avenue

Eagle Creek Park *                 327-7132         7602 Eagle Beach Drive (* Open Water)

Ellenberger Park                     327-7176         5301 E. St. Clair Street

Garfield Park                           327-7327         2345 Pagoda Drive

Martin Luther King Jr. Park    327-7332         1701 Broadway Street

Northwestway Park                 327-7341         5253 W. 62nd Street

Perry Park                               889-0825         451 E. Stop 11 Road

Sahm Park                               849-2227         6801 E. 91st Street

The presentation will begin at noon each of the three days at these pools:

Bethel Park                             327-7480         2850 Bethel Avenue

Brookside Park                        327-7331         3510 Brookside Pkwy. S. Drive

Gustafson Park                        327-7334         3110 Moeller Road

Indy Island                               862-6876         8575 E. Raymond Street

Krannert Park                          327-7389         605 S. High School Road

Riverside Park                         327-7272         2420 E. Riverside Drive

Thatcher Park                         327-7390         4649 W. Vermont Street

Willard Park                            327-7330         1700 E. Washington Street

The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. each of the three days at these pools: 

Rhodius Park                           327-7328         1720 W. Wilkins Street

Douglass Park                         327-7325         2759 Andrew J. Brown Avenue

The 2015 Open Pool schedule can be found at

Drowning is the 9th leading cause of death in children age 14 and under. Why should your child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduces the risk of drowning. Whether or not you plan to head to a pool, water is all around us – in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equip your child with this life skill and you’ll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide.

Indy Parks Aquatics recommends taking these steps to be safer around the water:

 Learn to swim, no matter your age.
– Follow posted pool rules, and respect lifeguards’ directions.

– Never swim alone. Use the buddy system and choose locations with certified lifeguards whenever possible.

– Do not bring a sick child to the pool. Remind children to not ingest pool water and to take regular bathroom

breaks, always washing hands afterward.

– Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are a non-swimmer or out in an open body of water.

– If someone in the water is in trouble, “reach, throw, but don’t go.”

– Never leave children unattended.

Indy Parks encourages you and your children to learn to swim this summer. Indy Parks offers very reasonably priced group and private swimming lessons for children and adults. Qualifying financial aid is even available for swimming lessons. For more information, call (317) 327-PARK or

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