Water Safety Tips & Training

Whether you have a seasonal or year-round swimming pool or spa, spend weekends splashing about on the beach or hitting the lake, our swim classes and water safety training can help you stay safe in, on, and around the water all year long.

Water Safety Basics

Of course, when it comes to water and pool safety, it's easy to become complacent and bend the rules from time to time. However, in order to create an environment that everyone can enjoy, it's important to be aware of your surroundings – and the weather – and follow a few simple water safety tips that can protect those you love, such as:

  • Always swim with a buddy – whether you're at home, at the beach, at a lake, a public pool, a hotel or another favorite swimming spot.
  • Swim in designated areas only, and swim only when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Wear a life jacket while boating – even on calm waters.
  • Actively supervise children near water, and never leave them unattended – even for a moment.
  • Install and use barriers around your home's pool and spa.
  • Keep a life preserver near your pool and on your boat.
  • Make sure that everyone in your family knows how to swim well. (Find Learn-to-Swim classes for those ages 6 months to adult).
  • Before boating, swimming, going to the beach, etc., establish ground rules for safe conduct. If any of the rules are broken address the issue immediately.
  • Avoid alcohol use when swimming, boating and participating in water sports or activities.
More water safety tips can be found on our Swim Safety, Pool Safety, and Beach Safety pages.

Additional Courses

Although no one expects a medical crisis to arise while spending time in, on, or near the water, accidents happen, and injuries and illnesses arise. If you'd like to be prepared to help during an emergency, consider enrolling in a CPR/First Aid/AED class from the American Red Cross. With online, in-person and blended Simulation Learning courses that take just a few short hours to complete, you can gain the skills you need to help while waiting for professional medical responders arrive.

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