GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The warm temperatures and excitement of summer come with their risks - especially in the water.
Every day in the U.S., 10 people die in drowning accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in five drowning victims in America is age 14 or younger, but drowning isn't just a concern for young people.
An American Red Cross survey reports more than 50 percent of Americans can't swim. Still, 80 percent of the country claims to be able to swim. Of that group, more than half can't perform the steps necessary to save their lives in the event of a water emergency.
Those steps include:
- Jumping or stepping into water above your head;
- Returning to the surface and floating or treading water for one minute;
- Turning around in a full circle to find an exit;
- Swimming 25 feet to get to that exit, and;
- Exiting the water without using a ladder or some other device.
WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright took the plunge and learned to swim Wednesday morning on the Good Morning Show. Greensboro Swimming Association age group Coach Mark VanDeren taught him everything from treading water to the breaststroke.
If you're interested in learning to swim, there are several options for you around the Triad. Take a look at this list to learn more about lessons and pool schedules in your area: