Summertime in Lakeland is arguably the best time of year. But it’s also the most important time of year to keep water safety in mind.

In the face of humidity and mugginess, a dip in a refreshing body of water is a must for many when it comes to beating the heat of the Florida sun. Water safety is imperative to enjoying this summer in Lakeland to the fullest. We’ve created a list of a few spots that offer water safety training, swim lessons, and of course, lots of water fun for you to enjoy.

*Some of these activities may be suspended due to COVID-19 safety precautions and developments, please be sure to contact these businesses/organizations for the latest updates.


Multiple venues and organizations offer training for lifeguard certification, providing the tools you’ll need in a water-related emergency. Participants must be at least 15 years old.

Lakeland Hills YMCA // 973.334.2820 //

Lakeland Hills YMCA has partnered with Red Cross Certification for lifeguard courses and renewal.

Florida Southern College’s Wellness Center // 863.680.6290 //

FSC has several water safety courses from lifeguard instructor and lifeguard, to water-safety instructor.

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Swim lessons are vital for children this time of year. There are several opportunities for you and your little ones to take swim lessons before summer officially breaks. Here are just a few:

City of Lakeland // 863.834.3157 //

Off The Wall Adventures // 863.709.9253 //

Aqua Mobile Swim //

Swim Dynamic // 863.808.0189 //

Swim 4 Life Downtown Drowning Prevention // 863.409.7221 //


*Each facility is different, so we suggest doing a little research to determine which one is best for you and your family.

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Ready to do more than get your feet wet this summer? Check out a few places where the entire family can enjoy a day in the water.

Saddle Creek Park // 863.499.261

Activities like fishing and boating

3716 Morgan Combee Road Lakeland, FL 33801


Not A Clue Adventures // 813.789.0904 // *By Appointment Only

Guided kayaking and canoeing, as well as guided fresh and saltwater fishing

12337 Old Dade City Road Kathleen, FL 33849



Barnett Family Park Splash Pad // 863.499.2613 

A fun water experience for kids of all ages

3716 Morgan Combee Road Lakeland, FL 33801