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Did You Know that Drowning is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death for Children Ages 5 & Under?

A child dies from drowning every minute across the globe. It’s a silent epidemic that no one is talking about.

Did You Know?

Drowning Facts:

  • Drowning is the Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 4 & Under (CDC).
  • Drowning is the 2nd Leading Cause of Accidental Death in the U.S. for Ages 14 & Under (CDC).
  • Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years (World Health Organization).
  • Lower socioeconomic status is associated with higher risk of drowning (WHO).
  • African American children in the U.S. drown at rates 5.5 times higher than whites (CDC).

Scientific Benefits of Swimming for Children:

  • Participation in formal swim lessons reduces risk of drowning by 88%! (National Institute of Health, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009)
  • Children who learn to swim at a young age, not only are able to save their own life, but are reaching developmental milestones earlier than the norm.
  • According to Griffith University research (2013), young children who participate in swim lessons at an early age boosts the development of the Whole Child and are:
    • 20 months ahead in understanding directions
    • 17 months ahead in story recall
    • 10 months ahead in cognitive skills
    • 7 months ahead in fine motor skills

But, the blessing is that drowning is preventable. By pooling our resources, we can connect children living in poverty with high-quality swim lessons providers who can help educate families on how to keep their children safer. Swimming lessons give children the ability to save their own lives. Community by community, we can reverse the tide of child drownings worldwide. You can make a difference. Your donation helps a child living in poverty learn to save their own life. Could there be a bigger blessing than that?

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