San Diego, California - The American Red Cross has released a free new Swim App to promote water safety for parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim.

The app allows iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire users to track their child’s progress in Red Cross swim lessons and play safety-themed games to test their knowledge together.

“Learning how to swim and knowing who how to act in and around the water helps prevent accidents and saves lives, and this free Red Cross Swim App is relevant for all children - not just those enrolled in swim lessons,” said Peter G. Wernicki, MD, member of American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and chair of its Aquatic Sub-Council.

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 children” activities that reinforce what is covered in lessons
  • Water safety information for parents on a variety of aquatic environments

Parents can create a profile for each child. Achievement badges can be shared with family and friends on social networks. The app has features specifically designed for children. A variety of kid-friendly games, videos and quizzes are included.

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.

The Swim App is the latest in a series of Red Cross apps, which includes apps for First Aid, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and wildfires. Red Cross apps have been downloaded on more than 4.8 million mobile devices.