On April 28, 2021, The United Nations General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on global drowning prevention. The resolution recognizes the scale and impact of drowning prevention globally and calls for coordinated multi-sectoral action to prevent drowning, a leading cause of injury-related death and disability worldwide.
A key element of the resolution is that it establishes a new UN-recognized World Drowning Prevention Day.
Did you know:
• Drowning has been the cause of over 2.5 million preventable deaths in the last decade.
• WHO estimates that 235,600 people died from drowning in 2019. This figure excludes drownings attributed to flood-related disasters and water transport incidents, so is considered an under-representation.
• Drowning is among the ten leading causes of death for children and your people ages 1-24 years in every region of the world.
• More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells, domestic water storage vessels and swimming pools in low- and middle- income countries.
Click here to learn more about World Drowning Prevention Day, and watch the video below for more on the reasoning behind the day:
The USA Swimming Foundation works year-round to help prevent drowning related deaths through the development of resources and grants that provide free or reduced swim lessons for children and adults.