Water Safety Educational Program

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Longfellow's WHALE Tales - Ages 5 through 12 years old


The Longfellow's WHALE Tales is part of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program. The American Red Cross believes that one way to help reduce drowning incidents among children ages 5 through 12 is to teach water safety education in elementary schools and other youth programs such as those programs the LEARN organization provides to the youth in the Southeast Texas community. 

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This program does not require registration for each scheduled class. We will have a registration link open for upcoming classes for us to better prepare for the amount of participants, however, if you do not register, you are still welcome to attend!


For upcoming classes, click on the "Events" tab.


To schedule a class at your church, school or youth organization, call/text our office at (409) 679-7367 or email learntx@yahoo.com.

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Class Descriptions

Swim as a Pair Near a Lifeguard's Chair

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to recognize the potential dangers of swimming alone; explain the importance of swimming in supervised (lifeguard) areas only; explain what a buddy is; understand what a lifeguard does; identify some safety equipment; explain the patterns of behavior that whales have to help keep them safe; recognize a safe place for swimming; create a water safety poster that shows people swimming as a pair near a lifeguard's chair. 

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Be Cool, Follow the Rules

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to identify rules for safe participation in water activities at pools, waterparks, oceans, lakes and rivers; explain how following safety rules can prevent accidents; describe the features of a safe swimming area; demonstrate an understanding of safety rules by creating posters designed to teach the rules to others

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Look Before You Leap

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to recognize a safe place for swimming; identify the safety equipment that should be at a safe swimming site; explain how to check the water to see if it is safe for swimming; explain some rules for safe diving; understand how wind affects waves and currents in water; describe how pollution affects ocean creatures and water environments; understand a food chain; explain how to protect themselves while swimming by using sunscreen and wearing water shoes.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Think So You Don't Sink

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to explain panic and describe ways to stay calm in an aquatic emergency; determine if an object floats better in fresh water or salt water; identify ways to stay safe in an aquatic emergency; explain how to stay safe if caught in a river or ocean current; recognize the potential hazards of being immersed in cold water; define hypothermia and identify the signals of hypothermia; describe how to prevent hypothermia; know how to handle exhaustion or sudden leg cramps.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Reach or Throw, Don't Go

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to describe the behaviors (signs) of someone who is having trouble in the water; describe the behaviors (signs) of a drowning person; explain buoyancy; explain how to help someone who is drowning or needs help in the water; identify objects that would work for reaching assists; identify objects that would be good for a throwing assist; explain why only a lifeguard should go into the water to rescue someone; demonstrate how to properly throw a floating object to someone who is drowning or needs help in the water; list some water rescue methods that are safe; make a rescue throwing device (heaving jug).

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Don't Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to explain the importance of wearing a life jacket; define PFD; understand how to check the label to see if a life jacket is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard; explain how to select a life jacket; understand why a life jacket should fit properly; demonstrate how to put on a life jacket.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Think Twice Before Going Near Cold Water or Ice

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to recognize the potential hazards of being immersed in cold water; define hypothermia; identify the signs of hypothermia; explain how to prevent hypothermia; recognize the importance of wearing a life jacket when around cold water; name two methods of conserving body heat when in a cold water situation; understand the HELP and huddle positions; explain why you should only go on ice that has been tested and approved; describe how to rescue yourself if you fall through the ice; explain safe ways to respond in a cold water emergency. 

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Know About Boating Before You Go Floating

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to name the main parts of a boat; explain some boating terms; describe some important safety equipment that should be on a boat; demonstrate putting on a life jacket; explain how to board a boat; understand how to balance a boat; explain what to do if a boat capsizes (turns over).

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Too Much Sun is No Fun

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to describe sunburn; list types of skin damage caused by too much sun; list types of eye damage caused by too much sun; explain how sunscreen prevents sunburn and helps prevent skin cancer; explain the importance of wearing protective clothing while in the sun for extended periods; name three things everyone should do to avoid skin damage; name one thing everyone should do to avoid eye damage.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


In Your House and in Your Yard, Watch for Water, Be on Guard

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to identify sources of water around the house and yard; list water hazards around the house or yard; identify potentially dangerous sources of water in the neighborhood; describe different types of flooding; define flash flooding; explain safe behavior to follow in a flash flood warning; describe how to help someone who falls into floodwater; describe how to help yourself if you fall into floodwater.

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes


Wave, Tide or Ride, Follow the Guide

Class Description: After completing this lesson, students will be able to describe the features of a waterpark; explain how to stay safe at a waterpark; demonstrate the correct riding position for a water slide; describe the features of a waterfront; name three different types of waterfront; define surf beach; explain how to stay safe at a waterfront; define rip current; understand how to swim in a rip current. 

Time Frame: 30 – 45 minutes