USA Swimming Foundation Statistics

In 2008, USA Swimming and the USA Swimming Foundation commissioned a study as part of its Make a Splash child-focused water safety initivatie. 

Both Phase I and Phase II of the study produced startling information:

   Nine people drown each day in the U.S.

   In ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the the national average

   Nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts

   The key indicator in this was not race, but family -- Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning

   While about 1/3 of white children from non-swimming families go on to learn to swim, less than 1/10 of children in non-swimming African American families do. 

   Two key barriers preventing children from learning to swim are fear of injury or drowning, and lack of parental encouragement

   By teaching these children, Make a Splash is breaking the cycle and creating generations of parents-to-be who will know how to swim

Click here to read Phase I of the research study

Click here to read Phase II of the research study

You can help Make a Splash and the USA Swimming Foundation today by making a donation or by starting a Local Partner Program in your community.