The American Red Cross has launched a free Swim App to promote water safety for parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim.
The app allows iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire users to track their child’s progress in Red Cross swim lessons and help children learn the key skills and goals for each swim level.
“The free Red Cross Swim App allows parents to track their child’s progress and to reinforce what he or she learned in swim lessons,” said Brad Rounds, Health & Safety Lead Training Specialist. “The drowning prevention and water safety content in the Swim App is also helpful for those who aren’t enrolled in lessons.”
Features of the Red Cross Swim App include
- Progress tracker for goals achieved in swimming lessons
- Stroke videos and performance charts to help with proper techniques
- “Help your Child Progress” activities that reinforce what is covered in lessons
- Water safety and drowning prevention information for parents on a variety of aquatic environments
Parents can create a profile for each child, sharing achievements and badges with family and friends on social networks. Children can have fun learning water safety tips with the child-friendly videos and quizzes in the app.
People can download the app for free in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store for Android or Amazon Kindle Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. The Swim App is not a substitute for learning how to swim. Parents can contact their local pool, aquatic facility or park and recreation department and ask for Red Cross swim lessons. Additional water safety tips are available at redcross.org/watersafety.
The Swim App is the latest in a series of apps by the Red Cross which includes apps for First Aid, Pet First Aid, Team Red Cross, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and wildfires. Red Cross apps have been downloaded on nearly 4.4 million mobile devices.
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.