Home Pool Essentials

Home Pool Essentials was jointly developed by the American Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation to teach home pool owners the basics of pool and hot tub maintenance, along with strategies for creating a safer pool environment. Watch a course preview of Home Pool Essentials.                 

This pool maintenance and safety course is ideal for:

  • Home pool or hot tub owners
  • Foster or adoptive parents
  • Health advocates
  • Child service organizations
  • Daycare workers
  • Group homes
  • Home inspectors
  • Insurance carriers

Purchase of this 2-hour online course includes a free 30-page Home Pool Safety Resource Guide.


Plan for Safety

Prepare for emergencies with an emergency action plan.

Prepare for emergencies by using the emergency contact form and posting it for the whole family.

Pool Safety

The CDC provides valuable resources to help you prevent illness in the water.

The Pool Safely Campaign is a national effort to reduce child drowning and entrapment in pools and spas. Learn the simple steps that can save lives.

The SunWise Program is an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

Life jackets are not just for boats! Learn more about U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets by visiting this website.


The Step Into Swim Campaign supports organizations that teach children and adults how to swim. Help people of all ages, races, and health status by donating to this program.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers classes in swimming, water safety, first aid, and CPR.

Prepare for emergencies with the help of the Red Cross.