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Red Cross Offers Swim Lessons, Water Safety Tips

Swiming Safety
It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water.

There have been 78 drownings across the United States since Memorial Day. With this in mind, the American Red Cross encourages people to learn to swim and follow steps to remain safe around the water.

TAKE SWIMMING LESSONS Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. More than two million people of all ages learn to swim each year through Red Cross programs. Contact your local pool and take the first step toward safety – learn how to swim..

Other safety tips include:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Take a first aid and CPR class to learn what to do in an emergency until help arrives.
  • WATCH THE KIDS It’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

  • If someone has a pool, they should secure the area with appropriate barriers.
  • Young children should never be left unattended near water, teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • The Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.

    Download Red Cross Water Safety tips in English or Spanish.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.