The Canadian Red Cross has been offering swimming instruction and leadership development programs in Canada for more than 60 years.  Today, over one million Canadians enrol in our programs each year and 20,000 are trained and certified annually as Water Safety Instructors.  

Why Choose Red Cross Swim?

Research: Our programs are based on research about why and how people drown, injury prevention methodology to promote wise choices, and market research from consumers across Canada, like you.

Quality: Our programs strive to make water safety active, engaging and age appropriate.  Red Cross Water Safety Instructors train for more than 75 hours and have practical teaching experience. Our programs also come with recognition tools to encourage each swimmer’s success. 

Program Content: Red Cross Swim teaches all five strokes (front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke), promotes fitness and endurance, and gives swimmers lifelong skills to safely enjoy other aquatic pursuits. Learn to swim and see where Red Cross Swim can take you or your family.

Recognition: The Red Cross is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world. Chances are many parents and caregivers learned to swim with Red Cross. You may already understand our injury prevention mandate and the value of the programs for your own children.

National Program: Swimmers can easily transfer or continue training between communities, which is especially important for teens taking the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Development program as they are able to work anywhere in Canada.

Supports Healthy Lifestyles:  Red Cross Swim programs are designed to contribute to Canadians’ long-term athlete development which improves overall health and offers a lifetime of sport participation

Red Cross Swim: ask for it by name at your local pool!

Resources and information for parents and caregivers.

Red Cross Swim Kids (5 years and up)

Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to twelve-year-old children. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

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Red Cross Swim @ School

Red Cross Swim @ School is a participation-based swimming and water safety training program designed specifically for schools that allows entire classes to participate at different levels of ability.

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Red Cross Swim @ Camp

Red Cross Swim @ Camp is a participation-based swimming and water safety training program designed specifically for camps that allows entire groups of children or youth to participate at different levels of ability.

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Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens

Red Cross Swim Basics is a two-level learn-to-swim program for adults and teens. Red Cross Swim Strokes is a stand-alone stroke development program for adults and teens, and for participants in Red Cross Swim Kids who require additional work on a stroke to complete the level. Red Cross Swim Sports is a stand-alone sampler of various aquatic sports for adults and teens.

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