Summer is right around the corner and it is important to be safe in, on, and around the water. Chicago area swimmers and boaters of all ages and abilities can develop their swimming and water safety skills by contacting your local Red Cross chapter. The American Red Cross has several sites throughout Illinois with classes or disaster resources.
Download this American Red Cross summer water safety guide (PDF) to learn how you and your family can be safer in and around the water this summer.
In addition to water safety the Red Cross offers the following types of classes:
- Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
- CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
- Family First Aid and CPR – Adult and Pediatric
- Babysitting Training
- Advanced Child Care Training
- Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector
- First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches
- Browse All Classes
About American Red Cross
American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The organization was founded in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882. The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and the generosity of people like you to perform their work.