Swim Lessons

Learn to swim with confidence. The American Red Cross offers swim lessons for infants, children, teenagers and adults. With classes for those ages six months and older, you and your entire family can learn to master the skills needed to help you swim safely.

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Find a Swim Class

Red Cross swimming classes are available throughout the country. With convenient access to lessons, and caring, thoughtful instruction, Red Cross authorized providers can help you learn to swim in a safe environment – and at your own pace. Find a class in your area, or visit your local pool and ask for Red Cross swim lessons.


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Free Swim App

Get even more from your Red Cross swim classes with our free Swim App. Designed to complement our Learn-to-Swim program, the app can help you stay motivated and progress to the next level. In addition, the app delivers water safety information that can help keep you and your family safe in, on, and around the water.


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A Century of Swimming Lessons & Water Safety

Since 1914, 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.

Looking to take a class? Find swimming classes and water safety instruction in your area.


Why Train with the Red Cross

Red Cross Training Saves Lives

Reid Heiser, Life Saver
One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

Red Cross training matters
For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

"Without my friend's training, I would not be here"
- Watch Bre Dumke's Story

"I'm really glad she survived that"
- Watch the Snyder Family's Story