Klamath Falls, OR – Through a partnership between Sky Lakes Medical Center and the City of Klamath Falls, the Everyone Swims program makes a triumphant return to Ella Redkey Pool this spring.  

The Everyone Swims program provides ALL third graders in Klamath County the opportunity to participate in a week of FREE swim lessons. Participants receive individualized instruction, develop skills, build confidence, and learn life-saving skills, all while having fun with their peers in the water.

“A single session of swim lessons can drastically change a child’s outlook on swimming and provide a healthy and happy relationship with the water from an early age,” said Ella Redkey Pool Supervisor Brielle George.

Drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental death in children, being able to swim is a life-saving skill.

George stated, “This essential program is made possible by the enormous generosity of the Sky Lakes Medical Center! We are thrilled to bring Everyone Swims back to the community this spring.”

“All of us at Sky Lakes are proud of our community and want to partner with others seeking to help make it healthier,” stated Tom Hottman, spokesman for Sky Lakes Medical Center. “This program will teach area third-graders how to swim and will provide opportunities for them to be more physically active throughout their lifetime.”

Learning to swim promotes health and fitness from an early age. Water activity gets the heart pumping and builds endurance; it increases strength and flexibility while improving balance and posture. Swimming is also a great stress-reliever, the buoyancy of the water offers relaxation and the exercise performed improves overall mood. Swimming is also social, giving many opportunities to interact, play, and exercise with peers. Most importantly, the ability to swim can be life-saving.

For more information on the Everyone Swims program please visit, ellaredkeypool.com or email ellaredkeypool@klamathfalls.city.

Everyone Swims is subject to change dependent on Covid-19 precaution requirements and recommendations.

Henley third grader learns the fundamentals of swimming in the Everyone Swims program at Ella Redkey Pool

Peterson third graders share the joy of swimming at the Everyone Swims program, generously sponsored by Sky Lakes Medical Center and the City of Klamath Falls

Brielle George explains to Tom Hottman how important the program is to local students and families