Gus & Goldie Learn to Swim Program

The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division is pleased to introduce Gus and Goldie's Program. This summer, learn to swim!
It's a great way to cool off, and be safe. Classes are taught in three locations by certified instructors.
Register online for Sams Pool, Oliveira Pool, and Gonzalez. You may also visit Parks and Recreation in person to register. Please select your session/location of program carefully. Make sure it is at a time and place that will meet all of your needs.

All purchases/registrations are final. There are no refunds

Gus & Goldie


Learning to swim with Gus and Goldie is a life rewarding experience as participants advance through eight teaching corrals which polish skills and build on previously mastered swimming skills. The Gus and Goldie characters make this Learn to Swim program fun for kids of all ages as the life-size mascots show up to cheer the participants on, are visible on the student's report cards presented to participants at the end of each LTS session, and teach about swim safety and drowning prevention at community events. Gus and Goldie have become the face of swimming for many generations of El Pasoans signaling thoughts of summer fun, safety, and learning to swim.
Gus Goldie Logo
Gus and Goldie at Parade

A Day in the Life of Gus & Goldie


Gus and Goldie were created by Bill Cowan and Gayle Vokes in 1979 as hand puppets to promote the Learn to Swim program. Since then, Gus and Goldie have grown into life-size mascots with friends including a jellyfish, dolphin, catfish, clam, and algae.