This Swimming Infrographic Examines Accidental Death

 - Nov 3, 2014
References: swimshop
Water is essential to our survival, but can also be fatal if we're not equipped with the skills to properly handle it. This swimming infographic by SwimShop details the dangers of not teaching our children how to swim.

Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide, killing nearly 400,000 people each year. The most disturbing part of this statistic is that the majority of these tragic deaths are, indeed, preventable. Unfortunately, swimming and swimming lessons are not ranked a top priority for most parents and educators. Though swimming lessons are nationally mandated in the UK, 20% of British citizens still can't swim by the time they reach adulthood. The schools, it appears, are not fulfilling their requirements. That statistic grows when we look at the US, where swimming lessons are not part of the curriculum.

If you're someone who has yet to take the plunge, this infographic offers a pretty compelling argument on why you should dive in.