Registration is open for a week of free swimming lessons being offered at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 11-15 at the Tulane University Reily Student Recreation Center, on McAlister Extension off Willow Street in New Orleans. Parking is available on the sixth floor of the Diboll Parking Garage.

Lessons through the Ashley Kelly Swim Program are open to adults and children ages 5 and up. Participants should come in a swimsuit and bring a towel.

To register, go to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation website at or call the foundation at (504) 836-2238.

The five 45-minute classes include water safety, watershed awareness and American Red Cross swimming lessons.

These lessons are organized in honor of Ashley Marie Kelly, who lost her life in Lake Pontchartrain in summer 2003. In memoriam, her sister Lotoya Kelly helped create the Ashley Kelly Swim Program to teach young people about the importance of swim safety.

Gulf Coast Bank sponsors the event.