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Why Kids Should Learn to Swim

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For kids, swimming lessons are fun, good exercise, and potentially life-saving. Knowing how to swim reduces the risk of childhood drowning by 88 percent, according to data compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, but if parents can’t swim, there’s only a 13 percent chance that the child will learn. To help solve the problem, the foundation works with programs around the country to make swimming lessons accessible to kids and parents. To find lessons near you, check with local parks and recreation departments or visit makeasplash.org.