At Life Saver Pool Fence, we are pleased and proud to share these statistics. It helps us all to get a handle on the state of water education and drowning prevention in the United States. USA Swimming’s drowning stats allow us to focus our attention on particular successes and failures that are trending. These trends can help to show parents, educators and swimmers some accidental blind spots in the world of swimming safety. These are areas where further instruction and attention are needed.
U.S. Drowning Stats for February 2019
As usual, USA Swimming’s February drowning stats point to the number of drowning deaths across the nation during the month. Additionally, this chart compares this month’s numbers to previous February statistics going back to the year 2009.
As always, this basic chart focuses on four key age groups and how they are 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 February 2019
|February||Total||Child 4 & Under||Child 12 & Under||Teen||Adult|
As these numbers show, we’ve seen a significant drop in child drowning incidents this February. In fact, some remarkable strides have been made. Some of these numbers are the lowest they’ve been since 2013.
That said, the overall number of deaths for February 2019 are higher than they’ve been in quite some time. This is due to an increase in adult fatalities. This just goes to show that no matter your age, you need to be careful. Education can help. After all, you’re never too old for swimming lessons.
Where Do These Drowning Stats Come From?
As mentioned earlier, February’s drowning stats are brought to you thanks to the team at USA Swimming. This group 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 represents 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! For any curious readers who’d like to learn more about the people behind USA Swimming, watch our full Child Safety Source interview with USA Swimming’s Facilities Development Director Mick Nelson. Additionally, you can visit their official website.