Drowning kills ten people A DAY. Does get your attention? It should, because drowning is preventable.
Highest risk of drowning
And do you know who is most at risk? There are two groups with a disproportionate risk of drowning. First, are the children and adults who lack the material resources and access to swimming pools that many of us enjoy. According to a study done by the CDC in 2014, non-white children were anywhere from two to ten times more likely to drown in a swimming pool, depending on their age.
“In this study, drowning in a swimming pool was almost six times more likely among black children and adolescents aged 5–18 years than among their white peers. However, if a group’s exposure to pools is less than that of their peers, their true drowning risks, based on equivalent exposure, could be even higher.”
The second group most at risk are children with special needs. New research published this year indicates children with autism are 160 times more likely to die from drowning than the general pediatric population. 160 times! The number one preventative measure recommended? Swimming lessons.
One with the Water believes everyone should be able to learn the life-saving skill of swimming, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community, and we know you do too.
Coast2Coast Swim Event
That’s why we are proud to partner with Coast2Coast and the LA Tri Club to help raise money to fund swimming lessons for the community members that cannot otherwise afford them – and we want you to join us!
“This year’s Coast2Coast swimming event is taking place at the Culver City Plunge on Sunday June, 4th. This annual event promotes water safety through teaching swimming skills amongst underprivileged youth in the greater Los Angeles area. … Many kids in Los Angeles do not have the chance to access what many of us take for granted. Whether it’s lack of access to lessons, no access to transportation to get to those lessons, or feeling excluded from these experiences because of class or race, we must do what we can to break these barriers. To date C2C has provided free swim lessons to over 4,000 children in Los Angeles.”
100% of the funds raised are used to provide swim lessons. You can be a hero! You can help reduce the risk of drowning for the most vulnerable members of our community. We would love to see you in the water, fighting with us to help EVERYONE be one with the water.
For more info, and to sign up for a great cause visit http://www.coast2coastswim.com.
Can’t make it but want to help?
Partner directly with us today to teach economically disadvantaged children, special needs children, and Service-Disabled Veterans to become One with the Water! Be a hero TODAY, and when you donate now, you can help reduce the risk of drowning for children by up to 88%! Drowning IS preventable.
Molly is a member of our creative team, mom of four water-loving babies, and a fierce advocate for CPR training and really early swim instruction.