View Full Version : Campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50,000

Rob Copeland
May 20th, 2014, 08:57 AM
Washington DC May 20, 2014 - The American Red Cross today launched a new national campaign to reduce the drowning rate by 50 percent in 50 cities over the next three to five years.


Between U.S. Masters Swimming adult learn to swim initiatives and the Red Cross, it would be great if there was an uptick in drowning prevention.

May 20th, 2014, 12:07 PM
Interesting stats from the Red Cross press release:

Overall, the survey finds that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. Other key survey findings are:
About one in three (33 percent) African Americans reports that they can perform all five basic swimming skills, compared to 51 percent of whites. The survey showed that 84 percent of whites and 69 percent of African Americans say they can swim.
Just four in ten parents of children ages 4-17 report that their child can perform all five basic swimming skills, yet more than nine in 10 (92 percent) say that their child is likely to participate in water activities this summer.
Men are significantly more likely than women to report that they have all five basic swimming skills (57 percent for men compared to 36 percent of women.)

The survey found that nearly half of Americans (46 percent) report that they have had an experience in the water where they were afraid they might drown. In addition, one in five (19 percent) said they knew someone who had drowned, and 20 percent knew someone who nearly drowned.

The "five skills," by the way, are the ability to:

step or jump into the water over your head; return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute; turn around in a full circle and find an exit; swim 25 yards to the exit; and exit from the water. If in a pool, you must be able to exit without using the ladder.

I think it's interesting that many people claim to "know how to swim" but are not competent in these five skills.

May 26th, 2014, 02:17 PM
Our guide from Tanzania is in the usa , brought here by us to see our country. He only has water with hippos & crocs to go in, so I brought him to my gym pool & after 1 hour he can swim 30 feet. I felt good about helping him do this, although I'm not sure when he will use this skill again.