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)