In order for the Warren County Chapter of the American Red Cross to continue the free Learn to Swim program, there is a need for new instructors and aides to be trained.
The number of instructors available will determine the number of participants we can place in each class. This is just one of the many areas a person can use his or her time to help save lives through the Red Cross.
If you’re at least 16 years old, you can become an American Red Cross water safety instructor. In this two-week training, you will learn how to give water safety presentations to kids and their parents, and instruct the six-level courses needed for children and adults.
Class are June 11-22, Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. Friday June 8 is the last date for signing up and this can be done by calling the Red Cross office at 473-2595.
Sign-ups for the Learn to Swim program will be one day only, June 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The classes are free to all starting at age 6. Birth certificates are not required, but parents are asked to be honest. One of the most frustrating things volunteers see in these classes is parents who advance their children above their head, both water and skill level.
This is not a competition, Red Cross instructors say, but rather a course to teach a life-saving skill. Instructors not only teach how to swim but how to be safe while swimming.
“With the number of drowning each year across Tennessee, I hope parents will realize this and look at these swimming lessons a little differently than in past years,” said local Red Cross director Kathy Nesmith.
Brochures are available in the information rack at the Civic Center.