Weekend Journal: April Is Adult-Learn-To-Swim Month

Weekend Journal – April 13, 2014

Now that the weather is getting a bit nicer, more and more people will start to flock to the beach, the pool, or their boats. Yet, 37% of adults in the U.S. cannot swim the length of a standard pool. And even scarier, ten people drown every day in America. And eight of those ten people are either adults or young adults.

The good news, however, is that swimming can easily be learned no matter how old you are. Swimmer Rob Butcher, Executive Director of U.S. Masters Swimming, is on the show to tell us about Adult-Learn-to-Swim Month, which aims to reduce the number of adult drownings.

Should we learn to swim in a pool or in open water? Are you ever too old or too young to learn to swim? How can “aquaphobes” overcome their fear of the water? What physical health benefits does swimming offer? Rob answers all our questions.

Learn more about Adult-Learn-to-Swim Month at usms.org/learntoswim.