To honor our 100 years of water safety, the American Red Cross launched a multi-year Centennial Campaign in 2014. We plan to teach 50,000 more people in 50 selected cities across 19 states how to swim. The Campaign is also helping to train lifeguards and swim instructors in these communities, all in an effort to lower drowning rates where they exceed the national average. Through the Centennial Campaign, we hope to inspire all Americans to become water competent.
Learn more about the American Red Cross Centennial Campaign in partnership with the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation! Coming this summer, we will offer additional Water Safety training for Instructors to provide quality swim lessons throughout the city. Parents, you are included too! Pediatric CPR and water safety training will be available to parents and caregivers of children enrolled in swim lessons at no cost. Want to sign up? Here's how! Register by clicking here.
Eight out of 10 Americans will plan water activities such as going to the beach, pool, Water Park or boating and fishing this summer. A Red Cross survey shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. Can you perform all five of the basic skills that can help save your life in the water?
- Step or jump into the water over your head.
- Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute.
- Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
- Swim 25 yards to the exit.
- Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
Join us as we champion water safety for the next 100 years with programs based on the latest science and new ways to learn in the water and online.