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May Is National Water Safety Month! 

Watch our 2023 National Water Safety Month video written, directed and produced by our talented aquatics staff. 

Check out our 2022 National Water Safety Month video! 

Our goal is to help you and your family stay safe IN, ON, and AROUND water this summer (and all year long)!

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Take the Pool Safely Pledge and browse for water safety information for parents and kids. Share your Pledge on social media with the hashtag #PledgeItOn.

Let us know what you’ve done to learn about water safety by sharing with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and with the hashtags #PHRecAquatics, #RedCrossWaterSafety, #WaterSafetyAtHome, #NotOneMoreDrowning, #DrowningIsPreventable.

Activities for Kids

  1. Water Safety
  2. Swimming Books

From the American Red Cross, Water Safety for Kids is a source of information all about the importance of water safety with activities and quizzes for kids, WHALE Tales video lessons, and “live” links to other helpful safety sites. WHALE Tales features eight water safety topics to help teach elementary-school aged children about water safety while they are at home and can be utilized for “dry-land” online and classroom training.

Longfellows WHALE Tales: Water Habits Are Learned Early

WHALE Tales are short, engaging and age-appropriate lessons that teach the importance of water safety topics. Each lesson centers on a memorable rhyming phrase to help children remember what they have learned. 

Each lesson has one or more worksheets (PDF) to support the safety topic. You can find videos and activities below or on the Red Cross website. Share your completed worksheets with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and with the hashtags #PHRecAquatics#RedCrossWaterSafety, #WaterSafetyAtHome, #NotOneMoreDrowning, #DrowningIsPreventable. 

  1. Lessons 1-4
  2. Lessons 5-8
  3. Lessons 9-11

Emergency Preparedness Activities for Kids

  1. The Pillowcase Project (8-12 yrs)
  2. Prepare with Pedro (4-8 yrs)
  3. Prepare as a Family (all ages)

Developed for 3rd-5th grade students, The Pillowcase Project aims to increase children’s understanding of natural hazards and empower them to prepare for emergencies

  • Download resources like My Preparedness Workbook, posters and activity sheets (available in English and Spanish) for kids to learn about home fire prevention and safety and other emergencies, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and more.
  • Work with children to create a household emergency plan and personal emergency supplies kit.
  • If available, encourage children to be creative and decorate a spare pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies.

Find more resources and links from the Red Cross here.

Activities for Adults

  1. ARC First Aid App
  2. ARC Skills for Alexa
  3. ARC Swim App
  4. Water Safety Info & Course

The American Red Cross First Aid App gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid emergencies.  Also available in Spanish!  Available from the App Store or Goggle Play, or text "GETFIRST" to 90999.

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"Dive-In" Movies 

Set up a pool float in front of your TV and have a marathon with these swimming-related movies. Movies are listed alphabetically.

Finding Dory (2016)PGFriendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Finding Nemo (2003)GAfter his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Free Willy (1993)PGWhen a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.
Jaws (1975)PGWhen a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Pride (2007)PGThe determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.
Swimming Upstream (2003)PG-13The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.
The Last Gold (2016)DocumentaryNarrated by Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies, The Last Gold is a feature-length documentary film that reveals one of the greatest untold stories in Olympic swimming history. Forty years ago, at the 1976 Montreal Games, a team of doped East German athletes thrashed their rivals from the United States, until a remarkable final race.
The Sandlot (1993)PGOk, so this isn’t really an aquatics-themed movie, but we love the pool scene with Squints and Wendy Peffercorn! In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Touch the Wall (2014)DocumentarySwimming superstar Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape. Stream the movie for free.  Details here:
Unfiltered (2005)Documentary"Unfiltered" is an unprecedented look into the lives and competitive rivalry of two of America’s greatest swimmers: Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker.