Learn to swim with confidence. The American Red Cross offers swim lessons for infants, children, teenagers and adults. With classes for those ages six months and older, you and your entire family can learn to master the skills needed to help you swim safely.
Red Cross swimming classes are available throughout the country. With convenient access to lessons, and caring, thoughtful instruction, Red Cross authorized providers can help you learn to swim in a safe environment – and at your own pace. Find a class in your area, or visit your local pool and ask for Red Cross swim lessons.
Red Cross Swim, sponsored by The ZAC Foundation, can help children and adults learn to be safer in and around water. 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.
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 Lifeguard Certification & CPR Training Matters
Two New Jersey lifeguards, Rosie and Kendall, and bystander Janet saved the life of a young boy at a community pool in Morris Plains, NJ using the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and CPR training they received. The American Red Cross honored them for their heroic action.
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