Cigna Summer Water Safety Programs and Events

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Cigna HealthCare of Arizona and the City of Phoenix Aquatic Section are partnering for the 29th year to provide free water safety and fun programs for children and teens, as well as discounted water aerobics classes for seniors.

Sign-ups begin April 28

  • Cub Club - ages 7 to 10
  • Discovery Guards - ages 11 to 13
  • Junior Lifeguard Training - ages 14 to 15
  • Lifeguard Academy - ages 15 to 17
  • Discounted Water Aerobics - ages 50 and older


Cub Club

Children ages seven to 10 learn basic water safety skills from a Lifeguard mentor, includi​ng assisting in a water emergency, when to call 9-1-1 and basic swimming instructions. Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Cub Club is available at all 29 pools. The program starts the week of June 6 and concludes at the Cub Club/Discovery Guard Olympics Wednesday, July 13 from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Encanto Pool.


Discovery Guards

Children between the ages of 11 and 13 will experience teamwork and cooperation while learning basic first aid, rescue breathing and safety around water, with a certified Lifeguard. Boating and Personal Flotation Device skills will also be taught using an actual boat! Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Discovery Guards is available at all 29 pools and space is limited. The program starts the week of June 6 and concludes at the Cub Club/Discovery Guard Olympics Wednesday, July 13 from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Encanto Pool.


Junior Lifeguard Training

Teens between the ages of 14 and 15 will learn lifeguarding techniques, first aid and will be trained in CPR. Leadership and responsibility are emphasized, as well as community contribution with volunteer hours at the pool. Successful completion of the Junior Lifeguard program reduces the cost of Lifeguard Training. Participants meet three to four times a week for six weeks. Junior Lifeguard Training is available at all 29 City of Phoenix pools. The program starts the week of June 6 and concludes at the Junior Lifeguard Olympics Saturday, July 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. at El Prado Pool.


Lifeguard Academy

This program is for teens ages 15 years to 17 who have participated in a previous Cigna Summer program. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will obtain all necessary certifications to become a lifeguard. Lifeguard Academy is available at all 29 pools. The program is June 15, 18, 25 and 26.


Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes are available at a discount to seniors ages 50 and older. The discounted cost for seniors is $5 for a 35-minute class (full price is $15) and $7.50 for a 60-minute class (full price is $22.50). There are four sessions available throughout the summer beginning June 6 and each class is two weeks long. Class sizes are limited and available at 12 City of Phoenix pools.

Two additional Cigna Summer programs available this summer that do not require registration include:


Fiesta del Agua

The entire family is invited to attend the Cigna Summer kick-off event. Activities include: Phoenix Fire fighter's demonstration and instruction of CPR, swimming, water safety information and demonstrations, prizes, games and lunch.  All ages (Registration is not required to attend.)

Fiesta del Agua date and location:

  • Saturday, June 4
    2 - 5 p.m.
    Maryvale Pool
    4444 N. 51st Ave.


Itty Bitty Beach Party 

Poolside parties include: water safety instruction, games, dance contests, swimsuit contests, Hawaiian leis, refreshments, sunglasses and more!  Ages six years or younger and their parents (Registration is not required to attend.)

Itty Bitty Beach Party dates and Phoenix locations:

  • Friday, June 10
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Paradise Valley Pool
    17648 N. 40th Street
  • Friday, June 17
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Deer Valley Pool
    19400 N. 19th Ave.
  • Friday, June 24
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Pecos Pool
    17010 S. 48th Street
  • Friday, July 1
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    University Pool
    1102 W. Van Buren St.