Water Safety and Swimming Lessons

  • Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses
The American Red Cross has been a leader in aquatic education since 1914, and in the New Orleans area, the Red Cross has been teaching water safety since 1918.

Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-6 for kids and adults.
  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills.
  • Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills.
  • Level 3: Stroke Development.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement.
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement.
  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency.
Parent and Child Aquatics
Helps develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around the water. Prerequisites: No skill prerequisites. Child must be at least 6 months old to enroll. Parent or other caregiver must accompany each child into the water and participate in each class.

Water Aerobics: Want to Tone without Breaking a Sweat?
Hop in the pool for a fun water workout. Red Cross water aerobics is the performance of aerobic exercise in a swimming pool. In some areas it is known as AquaFit or "aqua aerobics" and is a form of resistance training. For more information on class times, contact the Joe Brown Pool in New Orleans at (504) 658-0014.

Water Safety for Children

Longfellow's WHALE Tales
Helps educate teachers and youth leaders who work with children about safe behavior in, on or around the water. Promotes healthful aquatic recreation by increasing participants' awareness of safe behavior. Contact your child's school for availability. Red Cross staff are available to present at assemblies.

Lifeguarding & Swim Instructors

The following courses are offered seasonally at Red Cross locations. In addition, these courses are offered in partnership with other providers.
Aquatic programs are offered for all ages and skill levels with a focus on learning to swim and aquatic safety

Lifeguarding (Rev. 12)

Teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15. Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps – within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

Learn about the Red Cross swimming & water safety

Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor candidates learn how to teach water safety education: Basic Water Rescue, Learn to Swim Program and Parent and Child Aquatics. The instructor course is completed through classroom training, written assignments and practical teaching experience in the water. For more information, contact Alison Boumeester, aquatic program manager, at (504) 620-3135.

Do you Own a Pool or Hot Tub? Know What to Do!

Do you Own a Pool or Hot Tub? Know What to Do!

A pool or hot tub at your home creates a beautiful environment that offers years of joy and activity for your family. However, along with the joys of pool or hot tub ownership also come many responsibilities. Take the Home Pool Essentials: Maintenance and Safety Online Course

Aquatic Examiner Service
The American Red Cross Aquatic Examiner Service is designed to ensure the safety of those who use your facility. Because aquatics is a complicated field, with multiple types of state and local regulations to follow, the Aquatic Examiner Service provides an unbiased, expert opinion on your facility’s emergency plans and the skills and knowledge of your lifeguards.

The Examiner Service reduces aquatic injuries by:
  • Recognizing hazards.
  • Responding effectively to emergencies.
  • Helping lifeguards and facilities to develop procedures to prevent and minimize the effects of accidents.