Don’t forget that staying "Safe at Home" includes water safety, too! Drowning is a leading cause of death in children, but is totally preventable by things like learning how to swim, how to respond to emergencies, and overall learning how to behave safely in and around water. Explore the free resources and fun activities listed below, and remember, water safety actually begins at home!
Fun Activities for KidsAmerican Red Cross - Water Safety for Kids
Resources to help your child learn about water safety while having fun in and around water. Meet Longfellow! His WHALE Tales are short, engaging and age-appropriate videos that teach important water safety topics. Each episode centers on a memorable rhyming phrase to help children retain what they've learned. Longfellow the Whale helps kids learn to "Do your part, be water smart!"
Josh the Otter - Water Safety with Josh and Friends
The Josh the Otter Program offers free resources and activities that kids can do at home to further their water safety education and instill in them Josh’s key message: To stay away from water unless accompanied by an adult. Begin their easy to follow Water Safety 101 course by reading Josh The Baby Otter then take the easy Water Safety Quiz and wrap up the lesson with fun coloring pages, word finds and even make a Josh The Otter puppet!
Resources for AdultsJosh the Otter - Be Safe Around Water
“Josh the Baby Otter” was created to help children comprehend and remember this important message: to stay away from water unless accompanied by an adult. Check out their drowning prevention tips & layers of protection for adults.
Pool Safely - Resources for Parents
Parents and families can learn crucial water safety steps to follow at public and residential pools and spas, as well as how to best teach children how to be safer in and around the water.
Water Safety Videos
Pool Safety - How to safely help drowning victims
Every year numerous people lose their lives due to drowning. It is important to know how to safely help a drowning victim. These tips will help you identify a drowning victim and save their life. Remember an important safety method - We REACH, We THROW, but we DON'T go (Do not swim out to them).
2 Ways to Save Yourself From Drowning According to Olympic Swimmers
Even the most experienced swimmers can find themselves in a situation where something has gone wrong and they start to drown. That's why it's crucial to know what to do and what NOT to do in this scenario. One day, this knowledge might save your life. For example, when a person is drowning, they need to fight not the water but their instincts. The thing is, when somebody feels that they aren't in control of the situation, they start to flail as hard as they can. By panicking, they make themselves submerge deeper and deeper. As a result, they get exhausted quickly and can't stay afloat long enough to wait for help. Do you wanna know more about it? Then watch the video!
Beach Safety Tips for Kids & Adults – The American Red Cross