With our warm weather in full swing, there will be a lot of us in the water. So we need to make sure we’re all safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
According to a new survey by the American Red Cross, about 80% of adults SAY they can swim, but only 56% of them can actually perform 5 basic water skills that could save their lives.
These critical water safety skills, also known as “water competency,” are the ability to:
1. Step or jump into water over your head
2. Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute
3. Turn around in a full circle in the water and find a place to get out
4. Swim 25 yards to get out of the water
5. Get out of the water. If in a pool, get out of the water without using a ladder.
The findings are part of a new Anti-Drowning Campaign that urges grown-ups and kids to learn how to swim safely.
How many can you do? Let’s hope, all of them.