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WATER SAFETY

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America’s Navy is here to protect—from all threats foreign and domestic. One is drowning.

An average 10 people drown every day—that is more than 3,000 in a year. It is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause for children 1-15. Even though the United States has 95,000 miles of shoreline, less than half of American children can swim safely. It’s time to change that.

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5 STEPS TO WATER COMPETENCY

Take it from the Sailors who swim 5 miles through Pacific swells—swimming takes practice.

You do not need to know how to swim to join the Navy; you do need to be willing to learn. We encourage everyone to find your local swim organization and take lessons today. Learn to swim before you get in.

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ENS Brie Coger

"Whether you find yourself uncomfortable in the water or you notice a panicked swimmer, stay calm. Breathe. Call for help. Then figure out a way to get to safety."

 

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Aviation Rescue Swimmer Jamison Ware

"Respect the water. Learn water safety not just for yourself, but for others."

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