Can you REALLY swim? [info]

Can you REALLY swim? [info]

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.


About Sue Romero

Sue Romero has been doing news and traffic on the radio in Seattle since 1994. She is originally from southeast Alaska and moved to Seattle to go to the University of Washington. After graduating, she started her radio career in Houston, Texas, but moved back to Seattle because she missed the trees, hills, water and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. While she was in Texas, Sue danced on the NBA Houston Rockets Dance Team and still regularly takes dance in Seattle. She even attended a Seattle Sea Gals workshop, just for fun! Sue loves movies -- especially sci-fi!