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 Swim Instructors/Coaches by 2027. Watch video below!
Results the past 5 Years – 9,892 Swimmers
National Learn to Swim Week
School Learn to Swim Week
Saturday Free Lessons
School Swim Club
Over the years, Get Grenada Swimming has evolved to include Red Cross Lifeguard training and oversight of beach safety.
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 2022 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.
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 10 - 14, 2023 the Sandals Fooundation Learn to Swim Week will be held in the morning 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
Duquesne Beach/River - St. Mark
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
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.
GYA was involved in a food drive during the lockdown for coronavirus in 2020 and over Christmas 2021.
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.
Video by Amanda John