American Red Cross
Teaching America to Swim: Though people have probably been swimming and almost as long as they have been on earth, swimming for fun is a relatively new idea. The first municipal pool in the United States was built in 1887, at a time when more and more Americans also found themselves on the waters for both recreation and transport. Over the next few decades, the result was an alarming loss of life by drowning.
Changing With the Times: Much has changed in the past century, but water presents the same hazards—and with the creation of new water recreation options such as home swimming pools, water parks and spas, additional worries. Yet in our hectic times, water also presents wonderful opportunities for relaxation and recreation.
General Water Safety Tips
If you haven’t taken a swimming or water safety course lately, perhaps you’d like a short refresher on basic water safety:
For more information about Water Safety, please contac the Chapter at (850) 878-6080 or visit http://www.tallyredcross.org