Families play a vital role in teaching children how important it is to learn to swim and be safe in and around water. The American Red Cross has developed resources to help parents, caregivers and kids learn about water competency which involves a combination of being water smart, having water safety and survival skills, and knowing what to do in a water emergency – even if you don’t have access to a pool.
Red Cross Swim App Now sponsored by The ZAC Foundation, the Swim app has been updated with more water safety content for the entire family. The app features information on the layers of protection to prevent drowning, risks around water at home and other environments such as lakes, rivers and oceans, as well as in risky situations, such as group gatherings. A special interactive section for kids helps them learn about good safety choices with quizzes to check their knowledge and opportunities to earn virtual badges that they can share.
Online Courses A variety of online courses are available to take at your convenience:
Water Safety Webpage A go-to source for making water safety a priority. It includes a resource center with downloadable materials in English and Spanish.
Water Safety for Kids Webpage Designed to help teach elementary school-aged children, the page features safety topics from Longfellow’s WHALE Tales, videos, activity sheets and quizzes. A discussion guide helps parents and caregivers engage with their children while they are learning.
Water Watcher Information and DIY Card The concept of a “water watcher” is that someone should always be identified whose sole responsibility is to supervise children during any in-water activity, especially in a group setting, until the next water watcher takes over. Learn more about what it means to be a water watcher and make your own water watcher card.
We hope these resources will help you and your loved ones enjoy a safe, healthy and fun summer.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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