A Century in Aquatics: Making the water safer for everyone.

  • A Summer of Skills and Fun

    “I like it because I want to swim in the deep end.”

    Raymond McCoy, New Swimmer - Brevard County Parks and Recreation, FL

    Lifeguard and child in pool
  • A Summer of Skills and Fun

    “This is the fourth week of lessons, my child started out being afraid of the water and now she’s more comfortable. It’s nice to have lessons so close to home. In the future I’d like my whole family to learn to swim.”

    Magaly Sabino, Parent - Myrtle Beach, SC

    Lifeguard and children in the pool cheering
  • A Summer of Skills and Fun

    “The kids seem more excited about learning to swim.”

    Amber Kazimor, Instructor - Brevard County Parks and Recreation, FL

    Children with goggles sitting on pool's edge
  • A Summer of Skills and Fun

    "I am very excited about the program. Last year my oldest, who is 6 years old, just played in the water. Now he can swim under and above he water. We have a long way to go, but WOW!"

    Jessica Moody, Parent - Myrtle Beach, SC

    Young girl in a pool

Our 100 Years

100 Years of Water Safety For the past 100 years, we’ve been helping millions of kids, teens and adults learn how to swim and become lifeguards and instructors. So the water can be a safer place for everyone.

The American Red Cross created the first national water safety program in the U.S. – and today it’s still the gold standard for aquatics training. All of that training is making a difference. In the last century, we’ve helped to reduce accidental drownings by nearly 90% nationwide.

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, you’ll be ready to get your feet wet.


A Founding Partner in the Centennial Campaign:
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Helping To Save Lives: The Centennial Campaign

A National Action To Cut Drowning Rates In Half, In 50 Cities

To mark our century of swimming safety education, the Red Cross is planning to teach 50,000 more people in 50 selected cities across 19 states how to swim, and is urging people across the country to make sure that they and their families can swim.

  • The selected cities were chosen due to their high number of fatal drownings or overall drowning rates – some higher than the national average.
  • Making a positive impact by connecting with communities to cut those rates in half – by helping kids, teens and adults be safe in the water is why the Centennial Campaign is so important.
The Red Cross and its partners train about two million people a year in swimming. The Campaign is a multi-year action that will increase our impact by 50,000 and hopefully inspire many more people to sign up for swimming and water safety lessons at local facilities.

Are You Competent In The Water?

The Campaign comes at a time when a new national survey* shows that people believe they are better swimmers than they actually are. The survey, conducted for the Red Cross, found that while 80 percent of Americans said they could swim, only 56 percent of the self-described swimmers can perform all five of the basic skills that might help to save their life in the water.

These critical water safety skills, also known as “water competency,” are the ability to:

  • 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.
The Centennial Campaign begins as summer gets underway, and eight out of 10 Americans are planning water activities such as going to the beach, pool, water park, or boating or fishing this summer. Let’s all make water safety a priority. Make sure both adults and children can swim and be safe in the water.

*The national public opinion survey was conducted for the Red Cross April 17-20, 2014 using ORC International’s Online CARAVAN omnibus survey.

Highlights

The Centennial Campaign Is Helping Tens of Thousands Gain the Life Skill of Water Competency

For the past century, the American Red Cross has helped millions of people learn to swim and be water smart. To honor our 100 years of water safety we launched the Centennial Campaign - a multi-year action to lower drowning rates by 50% in 50 local communities where those rates exceed the national average.

Since our launch in May 2014, kids and adults have participated in more than 23,000 sets of swim lessons. These lessons are helping thousands of families who may not have had the opportunity gain the critical safety skills of water competency if not for the Centennial Campaign.

The campaign is also helping train lifeguards and swim instructors in these communities-so far, 334 more trained individuals are helping keep others safe in and around the water. As we enter the third season, we are filling more than 170 pools and waterfronts in towns in 17 states.. See the Partners tab for a full list of our Centennial Campaign partners.

Staying Safe In, On and Around Water

The Red Cross and its partners train more than two million people a year in swimming. The Centennial Campaign goal is to increase our impact by teaching an additional 50,000 in at-risk communities and hopefully inspire more people to sign up for swimming and water safety lessons. "We are so proud of the way our training provider partners are embracing the Centennial Campaign," says Connie Harvey, director of the Red Cross' Centennial initiatives. "Together, we are well on our way to our ultimate goal of teaching 50,000 more children and adults during the life of the Centennial Campaign - which will no doubt help save lives."

Our Aquatics Heritage

The American Red Cross created the first national water safety program in the U.S. - and today it's still the gold standard for aquatics training. All of that training is making a difference. In the last century, we've helped to reduce accidental drownings by nearly 90% nationwide.

Join us as we continue to champion water safety. Get your feet wet by taking swim lessons and other water safety classes with the Red Cross.

Partners

Alabama

YMCA of the Capital Area and BREC

The Centennial Campaign in Baton Rouge is helping extend the partnership between the YMCA of the Capital Area and BREC to provide low cost swim lessons and water safety education throughout the community. Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors will teach swim lessons to children and adults at City-Brooks Community Pool, Howell Community Pool, and Ann T. Jordan Community Pool in the summer months. Scholarships will be available at the A.C. Lewis YMCA for qualified candidates in Red Cross swim lessons and Junior Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding courses. Parents and caregivers of children enrolled in swim lessons may enroll in lifesaving water safety and CPR courses.


YMCA of Greater Birmingham

In a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, the Red Cross Centennial Campaign is helping provide swim lessons at no cost to children and adults during special sessions throughout the summer at the Youth Center and the Learn to Swim program which serves the inner city summer campers at the Northeast and Western YMCA branches in Birmingham. This initiative helps provide training for Water Safety Instructors who teach community members in their classes the knowledge and skills needed to help them be safe in and near water.


YMCA of South Alabama

The Centennial Campaign has partnered with the YMCA of South Alabama to provide Red Cross aquatics training to members and non-members at all branches with swimming pools. Scholarships are available for adults to learn to swim and to be safer in and around water. Parents of children in swim lessons are encouraged to participate in water safety/drowning prevention education and pediatric CPR training. Scholarships are also available for qualified candidates for Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training.


Arizona

City of Chandler Aquatics

In partnership with the City of Chandler Aquatics Program, the Centennial Campaign is helping provide scholarships to teach children and adults how to swim and be safe in and around water. Scholarships are also available for qualified applicants for Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses.


City of Tucson Parks and Recreation

Residents of the City of Tucson are eligible for swim lesson scholarships for children and adults at City of Tucson Parks and Recreation pools as part of the Centennial Campaign. Scholarships are also available to help cover the costs of Junior Lifeguarding courses for eligible participants. Pediatric CPR and water safety education provide parents of children participating in City of Tucson swim lessons with lifesaving knowledge and skills.


California

Arcata Community Pool

The Centennial Campaign has teamed up with Arcata Community Pool with a focus on middle-school and junior high students for training in swim lessons, water safety and Junior Lifeguarding. This is an effort to help bridge the current training and skill gap that exists in the community to help make this age group safer in and near different aquatic environments as well as to help build their skills to become future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Hands-on water safety education and pediatric CPR/AED for parents of children participating in swim lessons at the Arcata Community Pool is also part of the Campaign.


City of El Centro Parks and Recreation

The City of El Centro Parks and Recreation Division is partnering in the Centennial Campaign to help to provide low-cost swim lessons and water safety education to children and adults. Additional lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors are being trained to help provide more swim lessons in the city of El Centro than ever before. Junior Lifeguarding courses will be available to help develop lifeguards of the future. Pediatric CPR/AED for parents of children participating in swim lessons is also part of the Campaign.


Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation - South Agency

The Centennial Campaign is in its second year with Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation - South Agency. Scholarships are available for children and adults to learn to swim and to be safer in and around water at Alondra Community Regional Park Pool, Cerritos Community Regional Park Pool, Lennox Park Pool, Franklin D Roosevelt Park Pool, Jesse Owens Community Regional Park Pool and Ted Watkins Memorial Park Pool. Parents of children in swim lessons are encouraged to participate in water safety/drowning prevention education and pediatric CPR training. Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training is also part of the Centennial Campaign in LA County - South Agency.

South L.A. Centennial Grads Celebrate at Red Cross Pool Party


City of Riverside Parks and Recreation

The Centennial Campaign, in partnership with the City of Riverside Parks and Recreation Department, is helping to provide low-cost swim lessons and water safety education to children and adults who live in neighborhoods near the Villegas Park and Reid Park Pools. The Centennial Campaign will also help offset the cost of training to qualified candidates interested in participating in Junior Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available for parents of children enrolled in swim lessons.


Florida

Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bay County has joined forces with the Red Cross Centennial Campaign to help expand their capacity to provide swim lessons and water safety training to those who might not otherwise have access in the Panama City area. Scholarships are available to eligible children and adults to significantly reduce the cost of swim lessons as well as for qualified individuals who want to help in this effort by becoming Red Cross-trained Water Safety and Basic Swim Instructors. Parents or caregivers of children participating in swim lessons will have the opportunity to learn how to prevent and respond to water emergencies through water safety and pediatric CPR training.


Brevard County Parks and Recreation

The Centennial Campaign is underway at three neighborhood pools in the Central and North Areas of Brevard County Parks and Recreation. Children who attend the parks and recreation summer camps in neighborhood-strategy areas are receiving swim lessons and learning about water safety from Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. The County's first-ever Junior Lifeguarding course was held this spring with more courses to come during breaks in the upcoming school year. Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training are also available.

Junior Lifeguard Camp Teaches More Than Just Lifeguarding

Swimming Safety: No More Excuses


Charlotte County Community Services

In partnership with Charlotte County Community Services, the Centennial Campaign is underway at South County Regional Park in Punta Gorda and Oyster Creek Pool at Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park in Englewood. Scholarships are available for children and adults to learn to swim and about water safety. Pediatric CPR is offered to parents of children participating in swim lessons at Charlotte County aquatic facilities. There are also opportunities for adults who would like to volunteer to become Red Cross Aquatics Leaders to help educate others in the community about how to be safe in, on and near water.


Collier County Parks and Recreation

Collier County Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Centennial Campaign to provide scholarships to children to help them learn to swim and how to be safe in and around water at the Golden Gate Aquatic Center and Immokalee Sports Complex Pool. Scholarships are available for older youth and adults to reach water competency as well as help them improve their skills to be future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors, and then to help offset the costs of the required Red Cross training. Pediatric CPR and water safety education is available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation

The Bass Pool is the home base of the Centennial Campaign in Fort Lauderdale where children in summer camp are learning to swim and how to be safe in the water as part of their camp experience. Scholarships are also available at any City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation pool for teens and adults who want to learn to swim or improve their skills so they can become future lifeguards or Water Safety Instructors. Pediatric CPR and water safety education is available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


City of Fort Myers Recreation

Starting in 2016, the Red Cross and the City of Fort Myers Recreation have partnered in the Centennial Campaign. With the STARS Complex Pool as the primary Centennial location in Fort Myers, infants, children and adults in the surrounding neighborhoods are eligible to enroll in low cost swim lessons taught by Red Cross-certified Water Safety Instructors. Opportunities for pediatric CPR and water safety training for parents and caregivers are available. Qualified candidates can enroll in Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training at multiple occasions throughout the swim season at reduced costs. Swim lesson scholarships are also available for eligible applicants at Fort Myers Golfview Pool and Fort Myers Aquatic Center.


City of Haines City Leisure Services

In partnership with Haines City Leisure Services, the Centennial Campaign is providing funding to train additional Water Safety Instructors to help the Aquatics team provide an expanded schedule of the Red Cross swim lessons to help Haines City residents gain water competency. Scholarships are available to significantly reduce the cost of lessons for families who meet eligibility requirements. These lessons are for young children through adults who want to learn to swim and be safe and in and near water. Junior Lifeguarding will help qualified youth with the goal of helping them be successful in future training to be Red Cross-trained lifeguards. Pediatric CPR and water safety education are available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


City of Hallandale Beach Parks and Recreation

The Centennial Campaign is underway at the two pools in City of Hallandale Beach Parks and Recreation Department: BF James Pool and Bluesten Pool. Scholarships are available for children and adults who want to learn to swim and to learn about being safe in the water, and for youth to participate in Junior Lifeguarding. Training in Pediatric CPR and water safety education are available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation

The Centennial Campaign, in partnership with the City of Hialeah Parks and Recreation Department, is helping provide swim lessons at no cost to children and adults at the following neighborhood pools: Babcock Pool, Walker Pool, Rudolph Reid Pool and Bright Pool. Youth who meet eligibility requirements can enroll in Junior Lifeguarding at a reduced cost. Pediatric CPR and water safety education is available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


Indian River County Parks and Recreation

In partnership with Indian River County Parks and Recreation and youth-serving organizations in Sebastian, Vero Beach and the Fellsmere and Gifford areas, children are learning to swim as part of their summer camp experience. Scholarships are available at the North County Aquatic Complex and Gifford Aquatic Center for children and adults who want to learn to swim and how to be safe in and around the water. Other aquatics training, including Junior Lifeguarding, are also available for those who qualify.


Florida Keys Community College, Key West

The Centennial Campaign at Florida Keys Community College Swimming Pool in Key West, Florida, helps provide scholarships for people of all ages who want to learn to swim and for youth to participate in Junior Lifeguarding. Financial assistance for those who qualify is available for training those who want to become lifeguards or Water Safety Instructors.


Lee County Parks and Recreation

With our partner, Lee County Parks and Recreation, the activity of the Centennial Campaign is focused at Tice Community Pool in Fort Myers Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are providing swim lessons and water safety education to community members throughout the summer.


City of Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation

Beginning in September 2015, the Centennial Campaign is helping is providing scholarships to children to help them learn to swim and how to be safe in and around water at the City of Miami Gardens Parks and Recreation Department's Betty T Ferguson Pool. Scholarships are available for older youth and adults to help them improve their skills to be future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors, and then to help offset the costs of the required Red Cross training. Pediatric CPR and water safety education is available for parents of children participating in swim lessons.


City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation

The City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation is in its second year of the Centennial Campaign. Dozens and dozens of Water Safety Instructors have been—and continue to be—trained to provide swim lessons in five neighborhood pools throughout the city of Orlando. Swim lessons and water safety education are integrated into many city of Orlando summer day camp programs and other youth-serving city partners. Contact the Aquatics Division with the City of Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation to become involved.


Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation

In partnership with the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, the Centennial Campaign is helping make swim lessons available to groups who have a financial need, including day care centers and summer camps,  at Aqua Crest Pool and Pioneer Park Aquatic Center. In 2016, these lessons will be extended to include the Santaluces Aquatic Complex. Scholarships are also available for children and adults to learn to swim and for youth to participate in Junior Lifeguarding.

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Sarasota YMCA

The Centennial Campaign has teamed up with the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch of the Sarasota YMCA to provide scholarships to children and adults to reduce the cost of swim lessons by 50% for members and non-members. The Centennial Campaign will help offset the cost of training to qualified candidates interested in participating in Junior Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor training. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available for parents of children enrolled in swim lessons.


St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation

In partnership with St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation, youth enrolled in the Lincoln Park after school program will be provided swim lessons and water safety education at the Lincoln Park Pool. These children, their families and residents of St. Lucie County are encouraged to continue to gain swimming skills to the level of water competency and learn to be safe in an around the water by taking advantage of scholarship funding that can be used at all three St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation pools: Lakewood Park Pool, Lincoln Park Pool and Ravenswood Pool. The Centennial Campaign will also help offset expenses for qualified candidates for Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses.


City of Tampa Parks and Recreation

The Centennial Campaign with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is helping support an initiative throughout Hillsborough County to provide quality swim lessons to children enrolled in Head Start. The Centennial Campaign is also providing Learn-to-Swim scholarships to school-age children and helping offset costs of training to help older teens and adults gain the swimming skills required to become future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors at pools.


Georgia

City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation

In partnership with the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department, the Centennial Campaign is helping train additional Red Cross Water Safety Instructors to provide quality swim lessons throughout the city of Atlanta. Youth who enroll in the Camp Best Friends Summer Program will receive swim lessons at the city's three indoor pools: Adamsville Natatorium, Rosel Fann Natatorium and Washington Park Natatorium. Pediatric CPR and water safety training will be available to parents and caregivers of children enrolled in swim lessons at no cost. Beginning this fall, qualified youth will have the opportunity to participate in low-cost Junior lifeguarding courses to help them gain knowledge and skills to become future lifeguards.

  • American Red Cross Offers Free Summer Program to Keep Kids Safe in the Water (Atlanta, GA)
  • View the PSA Highlighting the Red Cross Swim App (Channel 2, Atlanta, GA)
  • Hawaii

    City of Honolulu

    The Centennial Campaign, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department, is helping provide Red Cross swim lessons and aquatics training to the community. Red Cross-trained Water Safety Instructors are teaching children and adults how to swim and to be safe in and near water in all City and County aquatic facilities. The Centennial Campaign is also helping offset the training costs to qualified candidates in Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses. Parents of children enrolled in swim lessons can learn the lifesaving skill of pediatric CPR at no cost.


    Illinois

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

    The Centennial Campaign with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago began in January 2016. Certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructors are providing low cost swim lessons to children and adults throughout the year at these facilities with indoor pools: Pederson-McCormick, True Value and Valentine Clubs. are Scholarships are available for qualified youth candidates to gain skills to become future lifeguards Junior lifeguarding courses. Parents and caregivers of youth members are encouraged to participate in free water safety training and CPR training.


    Chicago Park District

    The Centennial Campaign has teamed up with the Chicago Park District to provide scholarships to children and adults for swim lessons and water safety education in the following aquatic facilities: Austin Town Hall Pool, Carter Park Pool, Don Nash Natatorium, Foster Natatorium, La Follette Natatorium, The Park at NTA Natatorium and West Pullman Pool. Centennial Campaign funding is also helping reduce the cost of training for qualified older youth who want to gain the skills necessary to become future lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available to parents of children in swim lessons at participating facilities.


    Louisiana

    City of New Orleans

    In partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, the Centennial Campaign is helping provide Red Cross swim lessons and aquatics training to the community. Red Cross-trained Water Safety Instructors are teaching children and adults how to swim and to be safe in and near water in NORDC aquatic facilities. The Centennial Campaign is also helping offset the training costs to qualified candidates in Junior Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses. Parents of children enrolled in swim lessons can learn the lifesaving skill of pediatric CPR at no cost.


    Ward 3 Recreation, Lake Charles

    The Centennial Campaign has teamed up with Ward 3 Recreation in Lake Charles to provide more swim lessons and water safety training than ever before. Once again, Ward 3 Recreation will provide swim lessons to the community for just $1 per student at the Ward 3 Recreation aquatic facilities: 2nd Avenue Pool and University Aquatics Center. Starting in 2016, these lessons are being taught by Red Cross-trained Water Safety and Basic Swim Instructors. Scholarships for lifeguard training are available for qualified candidates. Families of children participating in swim lessons will have the opportunity to learn about water safety and get trained in pediatric CPR at no cost.


    Maryland

    Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore

    Beginning in the fall of 2015, in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, the Centennial Campaign is helping teach children and adults how to swim and be safe in and around water at a significantly reduced cost at its facilities in Park Heights and Owings Mills. Centennial Campaign funding is providing scholarships to qualified candidates who want to become trained in Junior Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding and as Water Safety Instructors. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available to parents of children in swim lessons at participating facilities.


    Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission - Prince George's County

    With programming beginning in the fall of 2015, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed with the Centennial Campaign to offer low-cost swim lessons and aquatics training for residents of neighborhoods that are part of the Prince George's County Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative. The participating facilities include Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center, Sports and Learning Complex, and Allentown Splash, Tennis & Fitness Park. The Centennial Campaign is also helping reduce costs for qualified candidates who want to become trained in Junior Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding and as Water Safety Instructors. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available to parents of children in swim lessons at participating facilities.


    Mississippi

    City of Pascagoula, MS

    The City of Pascagoula is teaming up with the Centennial Campaign to provide more swim lessons to children and adults in the community than ever before. Through funding provided by the campaign, the City of Pascagoula Pool will triple the number of Red Cross-trained Water Safety Instructors on staff to teach families the skills needed to achieve water competency. Junior Lifeguarding courses will help qualified youth prepare to become future lifeguards. Water safety and pediatric CPR courses will help parents and caregivers learn how to be safe in and around water and what to do in a water emergency.

  • Kids in Pascagoula Learn Water Safety Through Partnership with Red Cross (Pascagoula, MS)

  • New York

    New York State Parks

    In a partnership among New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the American Red Cross; the National Swimming Pool Foundation; the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation and the New York State Department of Health, swim lessons are being provided by Red Cross-trained Water Safety Instructors for free at state parks throughout New York.

  • New York State Parks Announces Expansion of Free Learn-to-Swim Programs at State Parks This Summer
  • Centennial Campaign Launches in New York State Parks
  • State Parks Offer Free Swim Lessons for Kids
  • State Parks Offer Swim Lessons

  • Nevada

    City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation

    The Centennial Campaign kicked off with the City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation in the summer of 2015. Scholarships for swim lessons are available at these neighborhood pools: Baker Pool, Doolittle Pool, Carlos L. Martinez and Darrio J. Hall Family Pool at Gary Reese Freedom Park. Training in Pediatric CPR and water safety education are available for parents of children participating in swim lessons. The Centennial Campaign will also help offset the cost of training to become a Water Safety Instructor for qualified candidates.

    Red Cross and the City of Las Vegas Team Up to Teach Swim Lessons

    $5 Swim Lessons Offered at 3 Las Vegas Community Pools


    Ohio

    City of Bedford Heights Parks and Recreation

    The City of Bedford Heights is partnering with the Centennial Campaign to help provide more swim lessons and water safety training than ever before to residents of Bedford Heights and the surrounding communities. Funding through the Centennial Campaign is helping offset the training costs for Red Cross-trained Water Safety Instructors to help increase the number of swim lessons offered at the Read and Metro Park Pools. For families who meet financial eligibility criteria, scholarships for swim lessons are available through the community Learn-to-Swim program as well as for youth enrolled in the summer camp program. Parents and caregivers of children enrolled in swim lessons will be offered free general water safety education and pediatric CPR training.


    Pennsylvania

    Temple University College of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology

    In 2016, Temple University College of Public Health Department of Kinesiology through its Physical Activity Program is partnering with the Centennial Campaign to initiate a Learn-to-Swim program with Philadelphia Community Rowing. This program serves middle and high school students from Philadelphia Public Schools. Program participants will be taught the skills required to meet the Red Cross definition of water competency. These swimming and water safety skills lay a foundation that can help them become future lifeguards and swim instructors. Parents of participants will also be offered general water safety education at no cost.


    South Carolina

    City of Conway

    The Centennial Campaign with the City of Conway Parks, Recreation & Tourism is helping support an initiative with area public schools to provide quality swim lessons to children for second graders. The Centennial Campaign is also providing Learn-to-Swim scholarships to children and adults at the Conway Recreation Center. This initiative is also helping offset training costs to qualified candidates in Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguarding and Water Safety Instructor courses. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available for parents of children enrolled in swim lessons.


    City of Myrtle Beach

    As one of the pilot test sites for the Centennial Campaign, the City of Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department is teaching residents served by the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center (formerly the Canal Street Recreation Pool) how to swim and be safe in and around water at a significantly reduced cost. Centennial Campaign funding is also helping reduce costs for qualified candidates who want to become trained in Junior Lifeguarding and Lifeguarding and as Water Safety Instructors. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available to parents of children in swim lessons at participating facilities.


    Texas

    City of Dallas Aquatics

    In partnership with the City of Dallas Aquatics, a division of the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, the Centennial Campaign is helping provide an outreach program that brings the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program to children in Dallas who would not otherwise have access to these programs. Staff on the City of Dallas Aquatics team, who are also Red Cross Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors, travel to selected apartment complexes that are located in areas not convenient to Dallas Parks and Recreation pools. Teens from the complexes are recruited to assist with the Learn-to-Swim classes for mentoring and job-skill opportunities. Water safety training is available for parents and family members of youth who are learning to swim.


    City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department

    The Centennial Campaign, in partnership with the City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation, is providing scholarship to qualified Grapevine children and adults to reduce the cost of swim lessons by 50%. The Centennial Campaign will help offset the cost of training to qualified youth interested in participating in Junior Lifeguarding. Hands-on water safety and pediatric CPR training is available for parents of children enrolled in swim lessons.


    City of Pasadena Parks and Recreation Department

    The City of Pasadena Aquatics, a division of Pasadena Parks and Recreation, has joined forces with the Centennial Campaign to train Water Safety Instructors to provide the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Through this partnership, scholarships will help reduce the cost of swim lessons to $5 per session at all City of Pasadena aquatic facilities for children and adults with a financial need. Children enrolled in local schools and city camp programs will learn about water safety with Longfellow the Whale through the Red Cross WHALE Tales program. Water safety education and pediatric CPR training is available to families of children who are participating in swim lessons.