The Robin Hill Community Support Foundation funds free swim lesson instruction in the interest of public safety, community engagement, and youth development. The Foundation also supports the efforts of the Robin Hill Neighborhood Association.
The Robin Hill Community Support Foundation provides free swim lessons at Robin Hill Pool. Water safety is important. Enrollment for swim lessons is open to all community members. Equipping children with basic and advanced aquatic skills helps them remain safe in the water -- whether at the neighborhood swimming pool, public swimming pools, school pools, and in area lakes and beaches.
"We loved swim lessons at our neighborhood pool! We are very fortunate to have Robin Hill pool a block down the street from us, and we swam every day this summer -- but it wasn't until swim lessons my daughter proved she could go in the deep end. Before swim lessons, she swam on the shallow side easily but we never tried the deep side. On the first day of her lessons, she was jumping off the diving board and swimming back on her own. I couldn't believe it! We never would have tried if it hadn't been for her lessons! We have gone to other swim lessons around the city and my daughter learned more in one week of lessons at Robin Hill than weeks of lessons somewhere else. It is extremely important for our children to learn to swim. Greg and I teach in OPS school district where a middle school student recently drowned at the school pool. Providing free swim lessons extends services to all children -- even those who may not be able to afford it. Knowing how to swim should be a basic skill for all children."
-- Jennifer Buelt


"Both my 4-year-old daughter and my 7-year-old son transformed during their short time in swim lessons at Robin Hill Pool. When we first joined, they were clingy and afraid. They enjoyed the water, but wouldn't let go. After our swim lessons, they were significantly more independent in the water and had a ton more fun!! Both were able to jump in and swim to me or my husband. Their confidence just skyrocketed! I am so impressed with the results of these swim lessons. I think that it very important that free community swim lessons are made available. They do SO MUCH GOOD!! It builds confidence, brings joy and -- most importantly, it keeps the kids safe. My husband and I have tried to teach the kids on our own, but they listen much better to the lifeguards. It also creates a greater respect for them during open swim sessions. I hope my children will be able to participate until they 'graduate'!"
-- Rose Schneider


"Both of my daughters (Emily and Genevieve) benefited greatly from the swimming lessons. Before the lessons, both of them were a bit afraid of the water. Now they both swim like fish and love the diving board! There's much less stress for us now that we know they have a strong foundation in an important skill -- swimming. I believe the free community swimming lessons are important because not everyone can afford to pay for this skill/safety training. Also, it helps the kids in the area meet and make new friends."
-- Arlen & Jill Robichaux


"My two children benefitted immensely from the swim lessons last year. One finally learned to dive, and they both had a greater confidence in the water than they had previously. I felt that they learned more in one week of free lessons than they had learned in several seasons of paid lessons. Personally, I believe that swim lessons are necessary for child safety. By offering free lessons, families are more likely to take advantage of the lessons and more children will be trained on water safety. Lessons offered at a small private pool gave my kids a smaller class and more one-on-one attention. I saw a tremendous improvement in my children's swimming ability and confidence in the water."
-- Angela Griffith