Students on the Swim

Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. With your support, we can help prevent tragedy in our community by teaching our children how to be safe around the water.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Virginia Beach students are learning how to swim with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation's Students on the Swim (SOS) program – a free program for 2nd graders in our schools. This innovative program is educating, enlightening, and, most importantly, safeguarding second-grade students in Virginia Beach.

Tragically, drowning is ​​the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. Our coastal environment can be dangerous. Parks & Recreation partnered with Virginia Beach City Public Schools to pilot this water safety educational program designed for 2nd grade classes. The free program was launched with students from Title I schools at Newtown Elementary and Luxford Elementary. Students are transported to a nearby community recreation center where they learn different aspects of water safety, including the ability to learn to swim. Children experience a 2-week American Red Cross-certified program, with a total of 10 lessons that incorporate the Standards of Learning (SOLs).​

Mak​e a Donation

The SOS program is being funded through generous donors, including Acoustical Sheetmetal and Swimways. This program is fully dependent on the generosity of civic-minded individuals and the strong philanthropic nature of fellow citizens. 

We are asking for your support to help us teach children to swim. For only $2,000, your organization can fund a school. Or $500 can fund a class or $100 can fund​ a row of students in the class. Each student, along with the instruction they receive from certified instructors​, also receives a swim bag to carry their swimsuit and personal belongings. Donations can be made online below or by mailing a check with our paper donation form​.

​Special thanks to Councilmember Rosemary Wilson and Dr. Sheila Magula, Deputy Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, for their vision, leadership and support.​


Read​ feedback that we've received on our SOS program.​

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