Far too many American children and adults lack basic swimming skill, a Red Cross survey finds.
In particular, the survey found that most children and teens lack what’s known as “water competency,” which the Red Cross defined as being able to, in this order:
“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, be able to exit without using the ladder.”
Without these basic skills, people are much likely to become one of the 10 people who die each day in the U.S. from unintentional drowning.
Fortunately, parents and kids can take advantage of the Red Cross’ long-standing water safety program. Finding out where this essential training can be found in your area is as simple as visiting the following site: RedCross.org/TakeAClass.