According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is recognized worldwide as the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries, affecting children in an alarming way.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children age 1-4 years old. Among the children that are younger than 4 years old, 50.1% of fatal incidents occurred in swimming pools.
During the years 2005-2009, in the United States, an average of 3,880 people died from unintentional drowning. An estimated 5,789 non-fatal drowning victims received medical care in an emergency room.
Research shows that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning among children 1-4 years. Swimming lessons save lives and can also reduce the risk of drowning among older individuals and environments as well. The CDC also reports on the disparity of swimming abilities among minorities; African-Americans (62%) and Hispanic-Americans (47%) are less likely to know how to swim.
Learn about how more swimmers will result in a healthier society, fewer drownings, and reduced healthcare costs by reading the White Paper.
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) recognizes, addresses, and supports drowning prevention efforts for persons of all ages and drowning risks in all body types of water. The NDPA website offers a wide variety of resources that are related to links on their website.