Brownsville Independent School District provides water safety
and swimming instruction for Elementary, Middle, and High School
Brownsville Independent School District’s American Red Cross
aquatic program is called “Adapted Aquatics Fundamentals of
Swimming Program” and is used as the core for the instructional
curriculum. Both the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills and
Special Education IEPPlus Gross Motor Skills are aligned with
this program for quality instruction.
The purpose of the “Adapted Aquatics Fundamentals of Swimming
Program” is to orient students to the aquatic environment and to
create a sound foundation for learning swimming and safety
The safety lessons teach
children about safe behavior in and around the water.
Examples of lessons include: understand basic water safety
rules, know the fundamentals of using a life jacket, know how to
handle a cramp, know how to get help, perform reaching assists
with or without equipment, enter/exit water independently,
submerge face for three seconds , blow bubbles, bouncing, walk
while maintaining balance, supported floats, and alternating arm
and leg action.
Administrators, teachers, and parents play an important role in
the aquatic experience. Everyone’s combined effort leads
to student success. The following guidelines will assist
students as they participate in this wonderful learning
Children may earn American
Red Cross completion cards if they complete the following
1. Participate in the water during all scheduled
Successfully complete all lesson activities.
Those with five or more absences will still learn many skills,
but will not earn an American Red Cross certificate.
All lessons will be under the direction of Margaret M. Clark
Aquatic Center staff members . All personnel are certified
by the American Red Cross have a vast array of aquatic
experience in water safety courses and Lifeguard Training.
are dedicated to providing BISD students with the best in
lessons, care, and supervision.
Thank you parents, administrators, and teachers for your efforts
on behalf of the BISD students!
For questions or additional information contact: The Margaret M.
Clark Aquatic Center: (956)698-1306.