At the close of 2018, we saw some amazing news in the world of water safety. While drowning remains a very real danger to every person who steps into the water, it was a year packed with progress.
Each month, Life Saver Pool Fence is shares the most current drowning statistics from USA Swimming. These comprehensive drowning stats for the month of December shine a light on certain trends that demonstrate areas where further education and caution are needed. Additionally, we have an extra treat before we close the book on 2018. There is an additional chart showing promising year-by-year statistics.
U.S. Drowning Stats for December 2018
USA Swimming’s December 2018 statistics show the number of drowning deaths across the nation throughout the past month. As you’ll see in the first chart, the statistics compare this December’s numbers to previous Decembers going back to the year 2009.
The chart focuses on four key age groups affected by drowning:
- Children aged four and younger
- Children aged 12 and under
- Adults, meaning anyone older than teens
Chart: U.S. Drowning Stats for December 2018
That first chart is monthly, but this next one takes the total annual numbers into account. It turns out that last year had the lowest number of total drownings since the year 2009. As you can see, through education and practice, we are making progress with national efforts and initiatives to decrease drowning. Adults are the category that has seen the biggest decreases over time.
Chart: Total U.S. Drowning Stats Year by Year
Exploring these drowning stats, we can truly see the value of continual education. When adults and children understand and respect pool safety, good things happen!
Understanding These Stats
As stated above, USA Swimming has graciously provided these drowning statistics. This organization is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. It is an extension of the United States Olympic Committee. In fact, USA Swimming is charged with selecting the United States Olympic Swimming team and any other swimming teams that officially represent the nation.
Above all else, USA Swimming sets the rules for competitive swimming in the United States. It employs coaches and helps to promote safe swimming. When it comes to best swimming practices, they know their stuff! If you’d like to learn more, you can watch our full Child Safety Source interview with Mick Nelson, the Facilities Development Director for USA Swimming. Additionally, you can visit their official website.