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Swim Classes Water Safety Training

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

This program teaches professionals involved in competitive swimming how to help maintain a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers; prevent accidents and emergencies; and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land. This 3-hour online course, in combination with the Safety Training for Swim Coaches In-Water Skills Session, helps meet the coaches safety education requirement for USA Swimming and YMCA swim coaches. To find an in-water skills session, contact your local aquatic facility and ask for Red Cross training (Red Cross Lifeguarding or Water Safety Instructors can offer this session), LSC registrar or YMCA group representative. The in-water skills session is not required for those currently certified in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED, Shallow Water Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED or Aquatic Attractions Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

Aquatic Instructor Training

This course trains Water Safety Instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants €™ progress. The courses and presentations include Parent and Child Aquatics Levels 1 and 2, Preschool Aquatics Levels 1 – 3, Learn-to-Swim Levels 1 – 6, three adult courses as well as the Basic Water Rescue and Personal Water Safety courses and more. To enroll, instructor candidates must be at least 16 years of age on or before the last day of the instructor course and successfully complete the precourse session which includes demonstration of swimming skill at Learn-to-Swim Level 4.

Aquatic Instructor Training

Lifeguard Management

The Lifeguard Management course is designed to prepare aquatic professionals to effectively manage lifeguards and help keep patrons, staff and facilities safe. This highly interactive, 3.5-hour course is completely online and includes video lessons, scenario-based activities and a final exam. There are no prerequisites for this course. The person may or may not have a lifeguarding background, and may manage seasonal or year-round operations. Successful participants receive a certificate that is valid for 2 years.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers

To train professional-level rescuers to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants until more advanced medical personnel take over. This course has been updated to meet the ECC 2010 guidelines. This course combines online learning and a classroom skills session. Online learning must be completed prior to attending the classroom session. Details will be included via email once you register. This course will not work in Google Chrome. Please be sure to complete the online content before coming to the skill session.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers

Small Craft Safety

This training is intended for individuals associated with youth organizations, such as the American Camp Association and Girl Scouts of the USA. Participants should be skilled in handling canoes and kayaks. This course includes a core lesson of basic water rescue knowledge and skills needed for self rescue and to assist others and information on small craft accident prevention, trip planning, supervision and emergency preparation and response. Participants must still gain the in-water skills needed to respond to a small craft emergency. There is no in-water skills session connected to this offering; it is intended only for those who will receive further in-person skills training as part of an environment-specific training session. For more information on the in-person skills training, contact ACA or GSUSA camp personnel. For a course that includes the in-water skills session, select the appropriate Small Craft Safety course option that does not have online content only in its title.

Learn to Swim

The Learn-to-Swim program gives adults, and children ages 6 months and older, the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe environment. The program is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace and master the skills at each level before attempting the next challenge.

For details on the American Red Cross swim classes and programs available in your area, visit our Learn to Swim providers page.

Free Swim App

Get even more from your Red Cross swim classes with our free Swim App. Designed to complement the Learn-to-Swim program, the app allows you to stay motivated and progress to the next level. Additionally, it delivers water safety information that can help keep your family safe in, on, and around the water.

Visit our app page for details on where to download it.

Swimming and Water Safety

The Red Cross has a long history of promoting water safety through local swimming lessons and awareness and education of safety needs around pools and open water.

Find out how you can join an American Red Cross water safety or swim class in your area. See our list of Red Cross Learn-to-Swim providers, here.

Want to enroll your facility in the 2016 Learn-to-Swim Program? Click here.

If you’re interested in teaching Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety classes, search for “Water Safety Instructor” classes in your area by clicking the “Aquatic Instructor Training” option at the top of this page.

A Century in Aquatics

For the past century, 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.

Find out more or get involved here.

Can t Find the Answer? – Ask Your Aquatics Representative

American Red Cross Swimming, Lifeguarding and Water Safety programs are offered throughout the country. For questions or information about any of the Red Cross aquatics programs in your area, contact your local aquatics representative, here.

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