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WHY ALL KIDS MUST LEARN TO SWIM

posted Aug 25, 2012, 12:39 PM by California Swim Academy   [ updated Aug 25, 2012, 12:40 PM ]

Source: USA Swimming

  • Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).
  • More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14 (Source: CDC).
  • Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time (Source: Present P. Child Drowning study).
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four years. (Source: Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009)
  • Seventy percent of African-American and sixty percent of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)
  • African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers. (Source: CDC)
  • If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)
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