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May 29, 2014

American Red Cross offers new swim app

This year marks 100 years of Red Cross swimming safety education and the organization is making a sustained multi-year push to teach more people to swim.

"As we all gear up for trips to the pool, beach, rivers and lakes, we're asking  adults here in Oklahoma to make water safety a priority this summer," Janienne Bella, Red Cross Central and Western Oklahoma Region CEO, said. "Families need to make sure that both adults and children have the knowledge and skills they need to be safe in and around water."

In keeping with this, the Red Cross has launched a swim app for iPhones, Android, and Kindle Fire. The app allows parents to track their children’s' progress through Red Cross swim lessons.

Features of the Red Cross Swim App include:                                                                        Progress tracker for goals achieved in swimming lessons                                                              Stroke videos and performance charts to help with proper techniques                           "Help your Child Progress" activities that reinforce what is covered in lessons                         Water safety and drowning prevention information for parents on a variety of aquatic environments

Parents can create a profile for each child, sharing badges and achievements 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.

"The free Red Cross Swim App allows parents to track their child's progress and use the resources in the app to reinforce what she or he has learned in swim lessons," Bella said. "The drowning prevention and water safety content in the Swim App is also helpful for those who aren't enrolled in lessons."  

"Most of our feedback has come from water safety instructors because the app was introduced to the aquatic community first," Ken Garcia, regional director of communications for the Red Cross, said. "Instructors are very positive about the app with the badges getting multiple call outs. One instructor said that this is great for "tablet addicted" kids. While another said it would be a "wonderful tool for the poolside parent" who is waiting on his/her child to finish swim lessons.  The app has a 4-4 1/2 star rating with a positive review."

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