Swim Lesson Scholarships

Scholarships for free swim lessons at West County Aquatic Center are offered through Charleston County Parks Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission. The scholarships are available to create opportunity for those who need financial assistance to learn this lifesaving skill.


Annual household income level must be at or below 400% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines.

Income Guidelines

Household/Family Size Annual Household Income Cannot Exceed
1 $54,360
2 $73,240
3 $92,120
4 $111,000
5 $129,880
6 $148,760
7 $167,640
8 $186,520

Please refer to the HHS poverty guidelines for more information.

Application Process

  • Submit your swim lesson scholarship application starting May 1.
  • Scholarship applications will be accepted May 1-15 and must be submitted online.
  • A limited number of scholarships are available; submitting an application does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship.
  • Recipients will be chosen lottery-style from among those who submit applications.
  • Swim lesson placement will be based on availability.
  • Notifications to scholarship recipients will begin the week of May 23.


If you have questions on the scholarship application process, please email Charleston County Parks Foundation.

All scholarship recipients and/or their parent/legal guardian may be contacted by the Charleston County Parks Foundation to learn about their swim lesson experience.