Las Vegas Homes: Red Cross Water Safety for Your Pool

When most people think of the American Red Cross and water safety, they probably think about lifeguards. But the organization has several other water safety programs. And, while they’re offered year-round, the courses take on particular significance in the summer for owners of Las Vegas homes with swimming pools. For children, Red Cross programs are aimed at helping them learn basic water safety skills and develop an awareness about how to stay safe when they’re around the water. Children 6 months to 5 years old will learn such fundamentals as floating and kicking in the initial course, which, like other kids’ courses, uses animated characters to help convey important information in a fun way. In the next course, for ages 5 to 12, safety messages and skills presented in the entry-level course are reinforced and expanded on. For teenagers and adults, a Community Water Safety Course offers information about water-related hazards and water safety. The program also is aimed at owners of Las Vegas homes that have pools or people who live in multihousing units that have pools. Even if you don’t know how to swim, that program teaches you how to save someone who’s in a dire situation in a pool without having to get in the pool yourself. Red Cross programs are offered through valley recreation departments, often at minimal cost. Anyone interested in any of the courses should contact their city or county recreation department or neighborhood pool for schedules and times. MS Las Vegas Real Estate is a proud supporter of the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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