Grenadians can learn to swim for free at the 9th annual National Learn to Swim Week, from 11 to 15 April 2023.
Certified swim instructors will be at 19 locations throughout Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique, offering free beginner swimming lessons to children (ages 5 and up) and adults. Lessons will be 45 minutes long and start on the hour between 2 pm and 6 pm each day.
The Get Grenada Swimming initiative is hosted by the Grenada Youth Adventurers and has so far taught 10,000 people to swim. New this year, all locations will offer swim lessons until 6 pm, allowing working adults the opportunity to participate. Deb Eastwood, the Director of the non-profit organisation Grenada Youth Adventurers is also excited to add lessons at a new location in Duquesne, St Mark.
According to Deb Eastwood, “There are many reasons to swim, besides being fun and even relaxing it has many health benefits. It is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without the impact on your bones and joints. This is really important for seniors who may have arthritis or other conditions.”
Swimming increases your heart rate without stressing your body, tones muscles, and builds strength and endurance. It also boosts confidence and self-esteem as individuals become more comfortable and proficient in the water. Silversands is a major partner of this year’s effort.
“The management of Silversands recognises the value of having a swimming nation. We are an island nation that is surrounded by the pristine Caribbean Ocean, offering some of the best tourism tours. We believe that swimming should be a life skill and with the support from Silversands, the great work of the National Learn to Swim Week can continue into the future. We want to thank Deb Eastwood for her dedication to this venture,” Francine Stewart, Director of Sales at Silversands Grenada.
Grenadians of all ages will have the chance to learn a lifesaving skill thanks to the support of Silversands and other sponsors Budget Marine, Ramdhanny’s True Value, Ting, Star Malt, Independence Agencies Limited, Island Water World, Lance aux Epines Cottages, SIFH Fish House, Spice Isle Marine, and Waggy-T Rental & Sound Company.
To register for the National Learn to Swim Week please visit www.getgrenadaswimming.com or contact Deb Eastwood at debeas[email protected] or 404-5237. To volunteer, please call 404 5237.
Locations & Contact Information
- BBC Beach, Morne Rouge: David Doyle 414-1396
- Grand Anse Beach
- In front of the Catholic Church: Rhea Samuel 414-0135
- Camerhogne Park: Deb Eastwood 404-5237
- Umbrella’s Restaurant: Deb Eastwood 404-5237
- Grand Mal Beach, Go Cool Steps: Kevin Phillips 421-1835
- Good Hope Pool, St Pauls: Phil Vermiglio 456-7481
- True Blue Bay Resort, True Blue: Tammy Geer 423-3052
- Grenada Marine, Corinth: Catherine John 459-2393
- La Sagesse Beach: Kerina Fletcher 410-1250
- Mello’s Complex, Birchgrove: Lovell Alexander 416-1226
- Cabier Beach, Crochu: Abigail Fletcher 449-6091
- Telescope Beach: Carrisa Gibbs 414-2775
- Bathway Beach: Nixon Edwards, 537-3035
- Sauteurs Breakwater: Mekhela Quashie, 534-7749
- Duquesne Bay: Omari 459-5338
- Waltham Beach: Korah Ashby 410-0208
- Near Fish Market: Sharm Ashton 422-9893
- Paradise Beach: Ruthlyn Andrew 418-3355
- Morang Beach: Mary Benjamin 418-2261
Get Grenada Swimming
This shouldn’t be for one week it should be an ongoing activity within the parish with all the schools involved.