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Swim lessons reduce drownings by 88%

Published: Apr. 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM EDT
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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning up to 88% among children one to fours years old.

Given the amount of drownings our area sees every year, swim safety is extremely important.

But with many folks still struggling financially, swim lessons are not a top priority in many south Georgia homes.

That's why the YMCA is teaching hundreds of preschoolers from all over Thomas County these life saving swim lessons.

For several weeks, the schools, both public and private will take turns bussing their preschool students to the YMCA for free swim lessons.

The Centers for Disease Control says about ten people die from unintentional drowning daily. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.

  • Over 20% who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another four received emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
  • More than 55% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for higher levels of care (compared to a hospitalization rate of 3-5% for all unintentional injuries).
  • Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. Children: Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2007, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, almost 30% died from drowning.
  • Fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.

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