HARRISBURG -?The American Red Cross has announced its new free Swim App to promote water safety for parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim.
The app allows iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire users to track their child's progress in Red Cross swim lessons and help children learn the key skills and goals for each swim level.
"The free Red Cross Swim App allows parents to track their child's progress and use the resources in the app to reinforce what he or she learned in swim lessons," said Ellen Kyzer, regional chief executive officer.
"The drowning prevention and water safety content in the Swim App is also helpful for those who aren't enrolled in lessons."
App features include:
n Progress tracker for goals achieved in swimming lessons.
n Stroke videos and performance charts to help with proper techniques.
n "Help your Child Progress" activities that reinforce what is covered in lessons.
n Water safety and drowning prevention information for parents on a variety of aquatic environments.
Parents can create a profile for each child, sharing achievements and badges with family and friends on social networks. Children can have fun learning water safety tips with the child-friendly videos and quizzes in the app.
People can download the app for free in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store for Android or Amazon Kindle Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
The Swim App is not a substitute for learning how to swim.
Parents can contact their local pool, aquatic facility or park and recreation department and ask for Red Cross swim lessons. Additional water safety tips are available at redcross.org/watersafety.