Reducing Child Drowning Accidents: USA Swimming Make a Splash Initiative

This blog post by personal injury and wrongful death lawyer Richard Armond is a reminder to stay safe while enjoying the swimming pool this summer in metro Atlanta and to consider signing your children up for swim lessons to avoid drowning accidents.

Swimming pools around metro Atlanta opened up last weekend. This is a good time of year to remind everyone to have fun and enjoy swimming, but to also be safe around the pool especially when children are present. USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of teaching children to swim, to increase participation in swim lessons, and to align with partner organizations to spread the message of water safety.

To quote directly from the Make a Splash website (linked here):

  1. No child is ever water safe. The goal of swim lessons is to make children SAFER in, on, and around water.

  2. 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.

  3. Research shows 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.

  4. 10 people drown each day in the United States. 

  5. Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%

These statistics should be eye opening. We should all strive to make swimming safer for all children and always exercise diligence around pools, lakes, the beach, etc. Let’s make this summer a safe one for all children around Atlanta and throughout Georgia when they go for a swim!


Photo by Arisa Chattasa on Unsplash

If you or a loved one have been injured in a Georgia swimming pool accident, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation. 

Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.