The Making Waves program provides free learn-to-swim and water safety instruction to young people ages 6 to 18 who live in low-income neighborhoods. The program aims to lower the disproportionate risk of drowning among Black and Latino youth and provide opportunities for physical activity and recreation.
Making Waves classes are held at public high schools and middle schools. Participants must be enrolled in the Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) Cornerstone or BEACON summer program.
In 2018, Making Waves will expand to include an additional 20 schools. It will also begin an aquatics career training after-school program.