While many may think that swim lessons are just for kids, the truth is that no one is ever too old to learn this skill that could make the difference in saving someone’s life. It is estimated that an average of 3,500-4,000 people will lose their lives in fatal drowning incidents this year, and for every fatal drowning, there are approximately 5-10 people who require hospital treatment for non-fatal drowning complications. Drowning is one of the top 5 causes of unintentional injury-related death from birth to 54 years old, which is why swim lessons are crucial at any age to reduce the chances of an incident occurring.
What Can We Do?
While 80% of adults reported that they could swim in a survey taken by the Red Cross, only 46% of those adults could perform all five of the basic water safety skills that could save a life. These five lifesaving skills include:
- Step or jump into 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 without stopping
- Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using a ladder.
With lack of swimming ability being one of the leading causes of drowning, the solution that can help reduce annual drownings is taking formal swim lessons from a certified instructor. By joining a swim lesson program, participants will learn the skills that can save a life when the time comes.
Swim with Supervision
In many cases, drowning happens when there is no appropriate supervision. Whether you are a child or adult, a non-swimmer, or a professional swimmer, you should always swim with supervision. Accidents can happen when we least expect them, and that is where having at least one designated supervisor can make a difference. It is crucial that this supervisor has an appropriate swimming skill level in order to act if needed.
Practicing Everyday Water Safety
At the Y, we strive to promote everyday water safety in our community. By offering swim lessons to people of all ages and swimming abilities, our certified and safety-trained instructors are able to teach everyone lifelong, lifesaving skills. The extensive training of our instructors enables them to instruct participants in a safe environment and teach skills at each individual’s learning pace. Whether you are an adult or a parent, no time is better to learn to swim than today. Find the swim lesson program that will be right for you and register today!