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American Red Cross Life Saving Manual

Red Cross

The Life Saving Service of the Red Cross published a little brochure—Life Saving Methods— which became know as “the lifesaver’s bible.”  As the Service gained experience and knowledge, however, a more complete textbook was needed.

In 1937, Life Saving and Water Safety was published as a resource for everyone but especially as the textbook for swimming teachers and the lifesaving instruction that led to the important Red Cross Lifesaving Certificate.

The textbook has been updated regularly.  The latest edition is Swimming and Water Safety, 2009.


Further Information
Swimming and Water Safety
The Latest Edition of Red Cross Water Safety Manual

Water Safety Tips
Current Tips from the Red Cross

Details about the book:  American Red Cross.  Life Saving and Water Safety.  Garden City, New York:  Doubleday, 1937, reissued 1956.