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Learn-to-Swim

      

 

WHY MAKE A SPLASH?

   70% of African American children cannot swim

   60% of Latino children cannot swim

   40% of Caucasian children cannot swim

   Ten people drown each day in the U.S

   Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood accidental death for children under the age of 14 

 

Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

 

Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.

 

THE STATS

WHY ALL KIDS MUST LEARN TO SWIM

{C}    {C}Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)).

{C}    {C}More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14 (Source: CDC).

{C}    {C}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).

{C}    {C}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)

{C}    {C}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)

{C}    {C}African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers. (Source: CDC)

{C}    {C}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)

 

RESEARCH STUDY REVEALS 60-70% OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC KIDS CAN'T SWIM

A recent study commissioned by the USA Swimming Foundation and conducted by the University of Memphis found that nearly 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, compared to 40% of Caucasians, putting them at risk for drowning. The 2010 study is a follow up to the 2008 groundbreaking research study (Phase I) that identified the predominant barriers inhibiting swimming participation among urban minority groups in the United States. The 2010 study (Phase II) identifies children’s true swimming ability and which factors most impact whether or not a child learns to swim.

 

http://www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash