Marlee Sanders
(865) 637-3227

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The statistics are astounding. Roughly one in five people who die from drowning are children ages 14 and younger. African-American children ages 5-19 drown in swimming pools 5 1/2 times more often than white children.

Emerald Youth is committed to teaching more urban children to swim, and we also offer a competitive swim team during the summer.


Learn to Swim/Community Swim

Emerald Youth offers an affordable Learn-to-Swim program that is available to the public at the E.V. Davidson Recreation Center Pool, located at 3124 Wilson Avenue in Knoxville, TN.

Certified swim instructors and lifeguards guide each student through a six-week course with 12 sessions in each course.

Swim Team

The Emerald Force swim team is a co-ed team for 1st - 12th graders. The team competes during the summer months at meets throughout Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Fees are $35 for the summer and include a swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, and t-shirt. Please submit the registration form by mailing it to our main office, or through email to msanders@emeraldyouth.org. For more information, please fill out the contact form in this page.