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Flint Post Partners with YMCA and ELGA Credit Union to Provide Free Swim Program

Having children learn basic swimming skills should be a priority for all families, wherever they live in Michigan. But lessons can be expensive and unavailable for some. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Flint Post, the YMCA of Greater Flint and ELGA Credit Union are removing that barrier for up to 144 Flint kids this summer.

“This is an awesome way for us to interact with and help keep children in the city of Flint safe,” said Sgt. Rick Jones of the MSP Flint Post. “In everything we do, this is our priority always – keeping the communities we serve safe. This is our first time offering this swim program, and we are lucky to have wonderful partners like the YMCA and ELGA Credit Union.”

Picture of swim instructors from the Flint Post

Swim lessons will focus on breath control, safe entry and exit of the water, floating, swimming strokes, and other basic swimming skills. The teachers are Flint Post troopers who are lifeguard-certified and have experience teaching swimming and water safety. Participants will be given swimsuits too.

“We are always looking for new and impactful ways to reach our residents and, most importantly, the children in our communities,” said Cheryl Slater, Public Relations Manager, ELGA Credit Union. “We’ve worked with members of the Flint Post a number of times and this is a great opportunity to partner again.”

The Youth Basic Swim Safety Program is split into two sessions over the course of the summer, beginning mid-June with participants assigned to one, 30-minute class. This program has the potential to provide swim lessons to 144 youth.  All lessons will take place at the downtown YMCA located at 411 E. Third Street in Flint.

To be eligible, participants must:

Be between 3 – 11 years old

Have a current city of Flint address

Fully complete a sign-up packet

Parents and/or guardians of those selected will receive a confirmation email with what session and class has been assigned.

Please contact Tpr. Katelyn Hammond by email at or by phone at 810-732-1111 to apply for the program and learn more about session dates and times.