Be sure you are water competent for natural environments before swimming – this is not your home pool!
Always enter unknown or shallow water feet first.
Watch out for currents, waves, and underwater obstructions – they’re not just found in the ocean.
Red Cross swim lessons help children & adults gain water safety and swimming skills. Ages 6 months – adult.
Being water competent in natural water requires additional knowledge and skills than in the pool. Whenever you are near a lake, river, stream or other natural water environment, watch and prepare for:
Don’t wait until it’s too late: learn how to respond to aquatic and other emergencies by taking Red Cross first aid, CPR and water safety courses.
Help Your Family Be Safer in and Around Water. Children and adults can learn to be safer in and around water with Swim by the American Red Cross. Knowing how to swim is exciting and opens the door to many opportunities, but water is not without risk. Learning to enjoy the water safely should be the first step for anyone who will be around water. Have fun learning water safety in an engaging way with video and activities for kids and families. Track your kids’ progress with this FREE app as they learn to swim.
Or text: "SWIM" to 90999
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