Did you know that last year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, over 200 children drowned in a swimming pool or spa?
Did you know that roughly "70% of African American children cannot swim, 60% of Hispanic children, and 40% of white children cannot swim?"
Folks this is dangerous! If you know how to swim, you don't think twice about this. BUT if you don't know how to survive in water, this is a matter of life and death. The statistics are alarming! Sobering really.
But sadly, this is not the norm. Many families do not put water safety as a high priority in their homes. They don't live near a body of water (most of the United States is land-locked) and the summer seems so short anyway, why even bother. So many children and adults do not know how to swim. This is a tragedy and an accident waiting to happen.
At some point or another you will need to know how to swim. The question is not "if," but "WHEN." --- But "when" might be too late. As one man described his near drowning experience, he said,
I knew I was in a fight for my life, but when you don't know how to swim, you have NOTHING to fight with.
We live in a well-developed country with amazing resources on every corner. There is no reason that every school-aged child does not know how to swim or at least know some basic swimming safety survival skills. We need to do a better job at educating those around us and providing resources to those that may not be able to afford it themselves.
What if you sponsored a child to do swimming lessons this year? What if you helped your adult friend learn how to swim? What if you got involved in local drowning prevention awareness or water safety days? --- There are a number of ways you can get involved.
Now that you are aware of these alarming statistics, do something about it. Make sure at the least, you and your family are water safe! Let's not let more kids become statistics in a book this year. It stops here.
Take 4 minutes and watch this video about one girl who is defying the odds and beating the statistics. Listen to her "Story of a Lifetime."
Also special thanks to Lifetime Fitness Colorado Springs for your amazing Aquatics Department. I'm grateful to be one of your masters swim coaches teaching people how to live "the healthy way of life."
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