More than a third of American adults can’t swim the length of a 25-yard pool, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you’re among the 37 percent of adults who can’t, you’re at greater risk for becoming one of the nearly 10 people who drown each day, on average. Inability to swim is the No. 1 “risk factor” for drowning, the CDC says.
Nearly 80 percent of drowning victims are male; 70 percent are adults. Black children are three times more likely to be drowning victims than are white children.
The good news is if you don’t know how to swim, it isn’t too late to learn – no matter how old you are, says the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation, the charitable arm of U.S. Masters Swimming.
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