Water Safety Facts

Water Safety in the U.S.

  • No child is ever water safe. The goal of swim lessons is to make children SAFER in, on, and around water.​

  • 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.

  • Research shows 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.

  • 10 people drown each day in the United States.

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among kids under 14.

  • Among black children, the fatal drowning rate is nearly three times higher than that of white children within the same age bracket, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.