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May 18

Swim Safety Month

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 1:24 PM by Dr. Swannie Jett

Do your part,

Be water smart!


Did you know May is National Water Safety Month? Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. Swimming improves both physical and mental health.

Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury death for children, and three children die every day in the United States as a result of drowning. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries, which include severe brain damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that American Indians/Alaska Natives and Black/African American children are more likely to drown compared to White children. 

Swim Safety

In the United States, about half the children aged 4-18 years do not know how to swim. And these rates are disproportionately higher among children from low socioeconomic status and racial minorities:  Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian-American children.

In Brookline, over 5,000 children cannot swim, with an estimated 233 Black children, 266 Hispanic/Latino children, and 3,191 White children with no/low swimming ability.

The American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges the tremendous value of early swim education and its role in preventing drowning. The Brookline Recreation Department provides Youth Swim Lessons and Summer Swim Camps at affordable costs. Need-based scholarships are also available. Beginner level to advanced classes are offered for children aged 4 months to 15 years.

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