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By the Numbers

  • On average, ten people drown every day in the U.S.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14
  • 70% of African American, 60% of Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability
  • If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child within the household will learn how to swim.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  2National research study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis (2010) 3Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (2009)