American Red Cross teaches people of all ages and various abilities how to swim and be safe around the water. Our courses combine the best in swim instruction with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety. We also provide comprehensive training for lifeguards, instructors and aquatic facility management to help protect aquatic facility patrons.
- Learn to swim - The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. It is designed to give students a positive learning experience. Learn-to-Swim teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach people to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water.
- Lifeguard training - Comprehensive training for individuals 15 and over who wish to lifeguard at a swimming pool, lake or beach. Includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid certification.
- Lifeguard instructor - Trains participants to teach Red Cross Lifeguard programs. Prerequisite: Candidates must be at least 17-years-old and hold a current lifeguard certificate.
- Water safety instructor - Learn to teach various Red Cross Water Safety programs (learn to Swim, Basic Water Safety). Candidates must be at least 16 years old.
Lifeguarding, Learn-to-Swim, and Water Safety courses are offered by local aquatic facilities. Call your local aquatic facility —such as your local parks and recreation department—to find training in your area, and be sure to ask if it is Red Cross training!