“If you look at drowning deaths there are two huge spikes....One is 1 to 4 years old and the second is adolescents, especially boys, from 15 to 19. ....Drowning is the second-leading preventable cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds.” - New York Times, A Layered Approach to Preventing Drowning, July 22
“Swim lessons local can range from roughly $100 for several weeks of group classes to $50 or more for a single private lesson. For many people, that's out of reach...New York City, however, can turn this around for its own kids. If the city works with businesses and nonprofits, it can offer free swim lessons to every single New Yorker.” - New York Times, Swim Lessons for All, August 3rd
"Lake Michigan has had nearly as many drownings as all the other Great Lakes combined -- in total, there is a more than 50% increase over 2018" - CBS News, Rising death toll of drownings at the Great Lakes leaves 60 dead, August 12
Near-drowning experiences are more common among young adults (ages 18-24).