Learn how to swim: Free swim lessons offered at Belle Isle on select Saturdays in July and August

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Free swim lesson presented by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be offered on Bell Isle during select Saturdays throughout July and August.

The lessons will provide patrons with the tools and knowledge necessary to swim safely. 

The lessons will be held on the restored beach located along Riverbank Road, at various times between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on July 19 and 26 and Aug 2, 23 and 30. Sessions will be divided by age group with all ages welcome. 

Pre-registration is required. To preregister, or for more information contact Darlissa Rickman at 313-396-6875. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Each class will be taught by five to six experienced swim instructors from the metro Detroit area. Participants are asked to come prepared to swim with a suit and towel. 

“Water safety is key to having fun in and around the water,” said Scott Pratt, chief of southern field operations for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “These lessons are designed to teach sound swimming skills with special emphasis on water safety, including the proper use of safety equipment.”

For a full calendar of all Rec 101 events taking place in Michigan this summer visit www.michigan.gov/rec101.