Woman and child enjoying a swim in a pool.

New Learn-to-Swim Program Opens in November

The Nantucket Community School will begin offering a year-round Learn to Swim program for children
ages six months through fifth grade, beginning in November.

Swimmers will be grouped based on ability under the guidance of James Voyages, the newly appointed
Aquatics Director at NCS.

“Swimming is a life skill that requires continued practice,” Voyages said. “Many swimming techniques are not instinctual and take years of practice to understand. A year-round Learn to Swim program allows swimmers to progress. Continued access to practices and instruction is the best and fastest way to get a swimmer to become water safe, confident, and ready to take on the ocean.”

The Learn to Swim program is designed to help swimmers meet their individual needs and will work as a feeder program into Nantucket Swimming, the NCS competitive club swim team.

Voyages joined the NCS team in September after over 10 years at the Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club in
Connecticut. Voyages worked with top NCAA athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Kate Douglass.

“Nantucket has been my home away from home since I was born, and my parents made the full time
move to the island five years ago,” Voyages said. “Nantucket was the main reason I began competitive
swimming in the first place at 5 years old, and as my own family grows, I look forward to raising my
daughter on the island.”

Registration for Learn to Swim opens on Monday, October 31 at 9 a.m.

A woman and a child happily playing in a swimming pool, surrounded by clear blue water and bright smiles.