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May is Water Safety Awareness Month!!!!

City of Lafayette Aquatics feels that Water Safety is one of our number one goals. It is our hope that through our program we promote and teach water safety to children and adults of all ages. Water Safety is a serious issue in our country today:

  • Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under five and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the ages of one and 14 (Centers for Disease Control, 2003);
  • Nineteen percent of drowning deaths involving children occur in public pools with certified lifeguards present (Drowning Prevention Foundation);
  • 10 people drown each day in the U.S. (USA Swimming)
  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less.(Orange County, CA, Fire Authority)
  • Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time (Source: Present P. Child Drowning study).
  • Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood accidental death (USA Swimming)
  • Seven out of ten African-American children cannot swim (USA Swimming)
  • Six out of ten Hispanic children cannot swim (USA Swimming)
  • 42% of Caucasian children cannot swim (USA Swimming)
  • Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning (USA Swimming)
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four years. (Source: Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009)

Through our swim lessons program and spreading the word about Water Safety we hope to make an impact on these statistics!

2015 Water Safety Story on Local Station KATC TV3

USA Swimming Make a Splash Program

Water Safety Article from Kidshealth.org

Safe Kids Water Safety Page

National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Poolside tips from USA Swimming