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Living on an Island But Can't Swim?

This is reflective of Caribbean culture but is changing here in Grenada. “Get Grenada Swimming” is an initiative to teach 10,000 children and adults to swim between 2023- 2027 by offering free lessons throughout the island.  It consists of lessons at twelve sites around Grenada that offer free swim lessons year-round on Saturdays. (see map on Programmes tab ) It also includes  (2) National Learn to Swim Weeks each year where swimmers are offered lessons five days in a row. AND OUR NEW GOAL - to certify 100 Professional Level II Swim Instructors/Coaches by 2027. 

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Results the past 5 years
10,329 Swimmers!

Program

National Learn to Swim Week

School Learn to Swim Week

Saturday Free Lessons             

Summer Programs

School Swim Club

Total Swimmers

2019

614

507

425

0

125

1,710

2020

747

0

470

329

127

1,673

2021

805

806

600

70

0

2,481

2022

576

916

422

65

41

2,220

2023

  711

  865

  571

    46

    52

2,245

Get Grenada Swimming Recently Celebrated 10 Years of National Learn to Swim Weeks.  Watch our history here.

Over the years, Get Grenada Swimming has evolved to include Red Cross Lifeguard training and oversight of beach safety.

For more info on Lifeguards, click HERE

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National Learn
to Swim Week

April 22-26, 2025
2 pm - 6 pm

A NATIONAL LEARN
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Endorsed by the Government of Grenada’s Ministry of Sport, National Learn to Swim Week has become an integral part of water safety and learn-to-swim initiatives each year.

Our April and July 2023 National Learn to swim weeks were both successes with almost 1500 children and adults taught during the two weeks at 16 different locations. National Learn to Swim Weeks are offered in April and July.

We provide lessons to children and adults throughout Grenada for five days in a row at the same hours each day. We have now held National Learn to Swim weeks since 2015 and will be holding our 10 year anniversary in 2024!

We are grateful for the support of sponsors such as Sandals Foundation, Silversands, Republic Bank, Ramdhannys, Budget Marine, IAL, Ting and Star Malt, SIFH Group, Island Water World, LAE Cottages, Spice Isle Marine, SeaBreeze Hotel, Grenada Marine, Waggy-T and others.  

From July 8-12, 2024 the National Learn to Swim Week will be held in the mornings from 9 am - 12 pm.. Below are the designated sites for this swim week:

  • Grand Anse – In front of the Catholic Church

  • Grand Anse – Camerhogne Park in front of the yellow lifeguard tower

  • Grand Anse – In front of Umbrella’s Restaurant

  • Good Hope Pool - St. Pauls

  • Grand Mal Beach – Across from SOGS

  • Corinth – Grenada Marine, In front of Restaurant

  • Grenville - Telescope Beach near the bathrooms

  • Sauteurs Break Water – St Patrick

  • Bathway Beach - St. Patrick

  • Waltham Beach - St. Mark

  • Birchgrove – St Andrew (Mello's Complex)

  • Crochu - St Andrew Cabier Beach

  • Gouyave (D’ Lance) - Fishmarket

  • Petite Martinique – Morang Beach

  • Carriacou - Paradise Beach

  • BBC Beach - Morne Rouge

  • True Blue Bay Resort - Pool 

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GYA is the non-profit (NGO) 

that oversees the “Get Grenada Swimming” initiative.

GYA is also involved in other community activities and works to provide inspiring recreational, leadership, service, educational, and social activities for Grenada youth and their families. Relief projects and building a library at the Limes pre-school have been part of their endeavors. 

This nurtures a sense of community, that builds character, teaches leadership skills, and inspires a service ethic. 

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Community Programmes

about GYA
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GYA has been involved in community support during Covid and disasters on other islands. 

Director
Deb Eastwood

Deb Eastwood came to Grenada in 2007 as a full-time teacher and worked until 2011 at several Grenadian schools. During the past 12 years, she founded and directs a non-profit youth organization called Grenada Youth Adventurers (GYA) which has a heavy focus on swimming.

 

Deb has been working with young people for over 30 years as a mentor, coach, youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and camp director.

For more about Deb and her vision please check out this article. please check out this article.

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Video by Amanda John

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