Water Safety and Swimming Lessons

The following courses are offered year round at Mary Jo Peckham Park Pool in Katy, TX. Registration is conducted directly at the pool for aquatic classes. In addition, these courses are offered seasonally in partnership with the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department.
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The American Red Cross has been a leader in aquatic education since 1914 and in the Houston area Red Cross has been teaching water safety since 1918.

Learn-to-Swim Levels 1-6

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills

Level 3: Stroke Development

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency


Parent and Child Aquatics
Helps develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around the water. Helps develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in water exploration activities with the objective of having fun and becoming comfortable in, on and around the water. Prerequisites: No skill prerequisites, Child must be at least 6 months old to enroll, Parent or other caregiver must accompany each child into the water and participate in each class.

Water Safety for Children

Longfellow's WHALE Tales

Helps educate teachers and youth leaders who work with children about safe behavior in, on or around the water. Promotes healthful aquatic recreation by increasing participants' awareness of safe behavior in, on, or around the water. Contact your child's school for availability. Red Cross staff are available to present at assemblies.

Lifeguarding & Swim Instructors

The following courses are offered seasonally at Red Cross locations. In addition, these courses are offered in partnership with other providers.

Lifeguarding (Rev. 12)

Teaches participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and prevent drowning and injuries. Prerequisites: Minimum age of 15. Swim 300 yards continuously. Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds.

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Aquatic programs are offered for all ages and skill levels with a focus on Learn to Swim and aquatic safety training.

Water Safety Instructor

Train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue course, six levels of the Learn to Swim and Parent and Child Aquatics. If you have any questions, please call (713) 313-1691.

Boating Safety and Small Craft Training

Red Cross instructors also offers canoeing, kayaking and sailing courses through the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council ( SJGCC) and through the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. For additional information about Sailing, contact Janet Hale at the SJGCC at Jhale@sjgs.org. For additional information about canoeing and kayaking, call Susan Eda at (713) 203-2452 or visit the BSA website at www.scoutcpr.org.