DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District has teamed with Dallas Park and Recreation on a special mission — they’re training students now to save lives in the future.READ MORE: Public Health Experts Say Dallas Cowboys COVID Outbreak Shows Pandemic Far From Over
The goal of the new aquatics program is to fill often-empty swimming pools with a future crop of student athletes and Dallas lifeguards.
Teachers and staff at Dallas schools are handing out flyers and swimming coaches are spreading the word and encouraging students to join the after-school program.
The program is a chance for middle and high school students to not only learn how to swim, but eventually become lifesavers themselves.READ MORE: AP Source: Rangers Snag Shortstop Corey Seager For $325 Million, 10-Year Deal
The free program, which started in March after spring break, teaches water safety to students.
Students, even those with no swimming experience, can show up at either the Alamo Pool on S. Malcolm X Blvd. or the Sprague Pool on Boulder Dr. to participate in the one-month program to teach kids water safety.
Dallas city leaders say funding for new aquatic programs are on the November ballot and the need for lifeguards is great.
‘’The DISD had pools with no lifeguards and [the City of] Dallas had lifeguards with no pools. It was a natural fit. So we decided why not put the two together,” explained Dallas Deputy Pro Tem Erik Wilson. “Out of this program we’re hoping that we will be able to train students to become lifeguards, thereby creating an employment opportunity for students to be lifeguards at our aquatic centers.”MORE NEWS: TCU Officially Hires SMU's Sonny Dykes As New Coach
Any student is welcome to attend aquatic programs that include exercise classes, swim lessons and lap swimming for all ages.