Water Safety Certification & Tips

Take a water safety class and earn certification from the American Red Cross. Designed for individuals, swim coaches, lifeguards, and others who work or play on, in or near water, our classes can not only help you stay safe – but give you the skills to help others during times of crisis.

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Aquatics & Water Safety Certification Programs

Whether you work or volunteer in a field that takes you on, in, or near the water – or you're a weekend warrior who loves to swim, boat or paddle around the pool – our water safety classes and certification programs can complement all that you do.

Some of our current certification classes include Lifeguarding, Water Safety Instructor (WSI), Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Lifeguarding Instructor, Lifeguard Management, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers, Basic Water Rescue and Small Craft Safety.


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Water Safety Tips

In order to help you and those you love stay safe around the water, we offer water safety tips that you can access any time. You can even print them up and post them by your pool to help remind everyone to be safe in 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