As of April 1, 2014, the USA Swimming Foundation has found that 199 drownings have been reported in the U.S. alone, 46 of which were children under four years old. According to the CDC, approximately 10 people in the U.S. drown every day and more than one in five victims are children under the age of 14. The USA Swimming Foundation and their child-focused water safety initiative, “Make a Splash,” aims to combat those sobering statistics by raising awareness of the importance of swimming as a lifesaving skill.
Take these steps seriously!
1. Do not panic. Stay as calm as possible and remember to breathe.
2. If you are able to roll over and float, do so and call for help.
3. Tread water (Light movements of arms and legs to stay afloat and keep your head above water. Treading too hard can cause you to lose energy)
4. Deep water bobs (submerge, push off the bottom, surface and breathe), if possible, bob towards shallow water or an exit point such as a wall.
5. Grab on to any flotation device to bring yourself to safety.
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