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Summer is the perfect time to swim
Swimming is normal for me. I'm relaxed. I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It's my home.Michael Phelps
Sounds of summer
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-19
Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.2 Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1-4 than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).
Swimming should be a
Children 1 to 4 are less likely to drown if they had formal swimming lessons
American Academy of
Barriers to swimming
Swimming lessons are not freeEconomic factorsThere are not enough swimming poolsMinorities do not have access to pool
According to the USA Swimming Foundation, about
70 % of African-American, and 60 % of Latino children and 40% of white children can’t swim
“ Before Civil War, more blacks than whites could swim” Lynn Sherr author of “ Why We Love the Water”