According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in water or other liquid. In 2004, an estimated 388,000 people died from drowning, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide. To see world-wide statistics, go to the World Health Organization - drowning statistics.
In the United States, about 3,500 people die from drowning every year (nearly 10 per day). In addition, an estimated 16,000 drowning incidents result in hospitalization, with many victims suffering permanent disability. For drowning statistics in the United States, go to the CDC unintentional drowning fact sheet.
- Drowning Facts
- Drowning Definitions (WHO)
- Misconceptions of Drowning (NBC15.com)
- World Congress on Drowning (WHO)
- Drowning prevention tips (CDC)
- Drowning prevention video: What Drowning Looks Like (CBS News, reprinted by Drowning Coalition of Arizona)
- Water-related injuries (CDC)
Rescues — nonlifeguard
- Line and tender rescues
- Reaching assists
- Rowing assists
- Swimming rescues (BSA)
- Throwing assists