Red Cross Survey: Half of All Americans Can’t Swim

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Hitting the pool, taking the boat out, or jumping in the lake can and should be fun, but a day in the water can turn deadly without the right water safety skills.

In an American Red Cross survey, nearly 50 percent of people reported having an experience where they thought they might drown. Local swim teachers say that’s scary, considering the study found half of Americans can’t swim, and even more think they’re better at it than they are.

Grand Island YMCA Aquatic Director Melanie Horky says swimming is a life skill all ages can learn.

“Kids anywhere from six months up through adult — my oldest adult right now is 75 years old that we’re teaching,” she says.

KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

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