Making Waves

Swimming Lessons Save Lives
Making WavesThe "Making Waves" scholarship program provides discounted learn-to-swim lessons and discounted competitive team membership to Mesa residents in need, all made possible by donations from the community.

The mission of the Making Waves program is to play a key role in the reduction of child drowning incidents in Mesa through water safety education and teaching disadvantaged children how to swim.

Participants may only register for one session at a time and all registration is done on-site the Saturday before a session begins.  When registering, parents need to provide proof that they are Mesa residents and their child is on the Free (not reduced) Lunch Program, or they receive Federal Cash Assistance.  Scholarships are limited, and are on a first come first serve basis.  To provide scholarships to as many people as possible a cap has been placed on the number of scholarships one family may receive.

Fee Assistance:

For Additional Information: Call 480-644-4951

Thank you to our sponsors -

Southwest Ambulance Hohokam
SRP Parks Foundation



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Aquatics Contact Information

Darla Armfield
Recreation Supervisor for Facility Development

Aimee Manis
Recreation Coordinator for Competitive Programs, Lesson Programs and Seasonal Staffing

Mark Foote
Recreation Programmer for Pool Reservations, Staffing, FlowRider, Junior Lifeguards, and Making Waves




What they are saying about this successful program

"I think this program is great! The staff is extremely helpful, encouraging, friendly, and fun! My kids loved it! I feel lucky to live here and participate."

"This program is SUPER! Keeps my kids with positive people, helps my kids to be in shape. Teaches my kids to have respect, discipline, and responsibility."

"This was my children's first year to participate in the Making Waves Program, and I was very pleased in what they learned in just a month.  This is a very good program and very helpful staff."

"The program is great, and it is a huge help to my family."

"The instructors are very encouraging, friendly, and involved in the children's improvements.  Excellent Job.  Thank you for being so good to my son Isaac."

"I just found out about the program and I thought is was perfect."

"It's a good program because kids learn how to swim and feel safe in the water.  Thanks for helping us."