Last month, as many as 500 people died by drowning. Listen in to NPR.

This is a life-and-death effort. As kids learn to swim, they learn to save lives. The first life they save is their own. In due time, as the youngsters grow, we produce lifeguards and get certifications and jobs. This service to others is a responsibility worth the efforts of opening the swim pools and teaching.

Lifeguards are on missions now around the world, and in our communities, to assist with your safety and to help avoid bitter tragedies.