The benefits of water safety courses taught by the Red Cross

Topics: National, Water Safety
October 04, 2012

The benefits of water safety courses taught by the Red Cross

Now that fall is underway, many Canadians are eager to take advantage of seasonal activities that can draw their families closer together. Autumn not only heralds the start of a period filled with holidays and beautiful foliage, it's also an ideal time to learn to swim.

One of the best ways to spend your time this season is to get in some quality back crawls and breast strokes in the water. As the days grow colder, you may be less inclined to do so because of the chillier temperatures. However, with the great variety of indoor swimming and water safety programs offered by the Canadian Red Cross, you can take full advantage of all the benefits that swimming has to offer regardless of how cool it may be outside!

For more than 60 years, the Canadian Red Cross has offered lessons on swimming and water safety instruction. Through the Red Cross Swim program, your whole family can master all five swim strokes, build endurance in the water and obtain better overall fitness with help from knowledgeable and insightful instructors.

Each year, more than a million Canadians enroll in courses offered through Red Cross Swim. This can be a remarkable way for Canadians like yourself to gain lifelong aquatic skills and valuable knowledge about the importance of water safety. You can also build cherished memories with your family members while engaging in a rousing indoor swimming lesson.

Indoor swim lessons taught by Red Cross instructors can provide family members of all ages with basic swim abilities, including how to perform front and back crawls, breathing techniques while in the water and basic floatation methods. By establishing comfort in the water, instructors are able to help your family build confidence.

Your instructor can guide you through the basic steps of the Red Cross Swim program, but before venturing near the water, you want to be sure that every member of your family, including yourself, is wearing a properly fitted and functional lifejacket.

By insisting that your loved ones who have no experience swimming wear a lifejacket near the water, you could significantly reduce the risk of drowning and provide yourself with peace of mind.

To learn more about Red Cross Swim programs available in your area, please donate or visit your local Red Cross office today. 

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