A new report by the USA Swimming Foundation found that 70 percent of African-American children couldn’t swim – a rate that is three times higher than white children. Similarly 60 percent of Hispanic children also do not know how to swim. James Morton, President of the YMCA in Hartford, CT cites lack of affordable swimming lessons in African-American communities.
He told The Grio, “We need to address this issue and we need to address it immediately. Access to affordable swim lessons that are conveniently located within communities is the real challenge.”
Morton is now dedicated to helping families get affordable swimming lessons.
To combat this rising statistic, here are three reasons why we should teach our children, and ourselves, how to swim:
- Great Summer Activity – Swimming is a great activity. It makes it all the more to hang at the beach or by the pool in the heat of the summer. Plus it’s a great activity for children to get them out of the house and part of their community. It also offers valuable training.
- Fitness – Swimming is an excellent workout. It’s one of the best cardio activities that you can partake in to keep you healthy without doing much physical damage to your body.
- It could Save Your Life – Probably one of the most important reasons, learning how to swim could save your life. You never know if you may find yourself on a boat or a ship for a fun weekend, but something horribly goes wrong. Learning how to swim could literally keep you alive.
Check out this video posted over at The Grio about the importance of learning how to swim.