Drowning Facts and Risks

Drowning is:

The process of experiencing respiratory distress as a result of becoming submerged/immersed in liquid

Preventable with adult supervision, barriers, swimming classes, and CPR classes

Can occur in less than 3 inches of water

Quick and silent

Drowning occurs in as
little as 2 minutes

Irreversible brain damage
occurs in as little as 4 minutes

Most children who are under
water for as little as 6 minutes die

Who is most at risk?


Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male


Children aged 1-4 have the highest drowning rates


African American children drown in swimming pools 5.5 to 10 times more than White children