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Union County Launches Pilot Program to Provide Free Swim Lessons for Youth

The Union County Board of County Commissioners is excited to announce the launch of a pilot program, through one of Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados’ initiatives that fall in line with his theme of “Building a Stronger Union County” for 2023, which aims at providing swim lessons to youth in communities across the County. In collaboration with the Gateway Family YMCA, the program will take place at the Walter E. Ulrich Memorial Pool during the week of August 21st, 2023.

“Children account for one out of every four drowning deaths, so working in collaboration through our Union County Parks & Recreation Dept. & Gateway Family YMCA I’m eager to launch this pilot program in order to emphasize water safety and swimming skills among our youngest residents,” said Union County Commissioner Chairman Sergio Granados. “The Union County Commissioner Board is dedicated to the well-being of our communities, especially the young children who deserve to have a safe and fun summer. Through this pilot program, we hope to identify all the benefits this will have for our youth and their families to ensure a successful full-scale launch next year, serving even more of our Union County community.”

Union County is committed to promoting a culture of aquatic awareness and aims to fully launch this initiative in the summer of 2024.

During the initial phase as a pilot program, swim lesson slots will be limited to 24 individuals and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis in order to gauge interest and develop relevant procedures. The program will offer four daily half-hour sessions, from Monday, August 21st to Friday, August 25th. The first session, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., will cater to ages 3 to 6, with a second session available for ages 7 to 12. The subsequent session for both age groups will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Union County invites families with children between the ages of 3 and 12 to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Interested participants are encouraged to sign up soon to secure their spots, and can register by contacting Angelica Cedeno at 908-558-2279 or by email at