Swim Lessons

Swimming is big at the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic.  Our aquatics program provides recreation and an excellent form of exercise, and Club staff members teach inner city children an important life skill.  In ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the national average.  Clearly, learning how to swim at the Club is not only a fun and healthy activity, but it helps reduce the incident of downing among African-American and Latino youth.


Studies indicate that parental influence is the major contributing factor to children's ability or inability to swim.  According to research, nearly 60% of African-American and Latino children are unable to swim.  The key indicator in this study was not race, but family.  Children from households where parents do not swim or are at-risk swimmers are 8 times as likely to be at-risk of drowning.  For this reason, the Club encourages adult swim lessons and offers family swim sessions.


Swimming is one of the great joys of childhood.  In Paterson and Passaic, however, there are far too few opportunities for safe, supervised water recreation.  That's why the Boys and Girls Club has continued its commitment to providing year-round aquatics programs – including swim lessons, competitive swim teams, and life guard training – at  our two indoor pools.



Swim Team

Swimming as a competitive sport is offered at the Club.  Members of the swim team enjoy practicing at one of only three indoor pools in Paterson and at one of only two indoor pools in Passaic.  Swim Team members are inspired by athletes such as Cullen Jones, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team in Beijing who won a gold medal for the 4 X 100 freestyle relay team.  He is the first African-American to hold or share a world record in swimming.  Jones is also the third African-American to make the US Olympic swimming team after Anthony Ervin and Maritza Correia.


Dolphins Swim Team

We are a registered USA Swimming Team with goals to reach high level championship meet such as Zones, Senior Mets, and Junior Olympics.  We are also a member club in the Metro Swim League. We compete against teams from other Boys & Girls Clubs and Recreation Centers from New York and New Jersey.


Swimmers with Level 4 or above are eligible to join the USA Team.Practices are held Mon, Wed and Fri from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Mandatory two practices per week. For more information please contact the Aquatics Office at (973)279-3055 x324.


Lifeguard Training

The pools at the Paterson and Passaic facilities serve as training centers for life guard certification.  This presents teenagers – including Club members – with the opportunity to qualify for being a life guard.  Many of the teenagers that pass this rigorous written and practical tests then gain a real sense of achievement and move on to their first-ever job.

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