Do You Know How to Swim? Here are the 5 Basic Requirements of Swimming
This is a scary fact. Almost half of us are terrible swimmers or cannot swim at all! I almost drowned when I was a very small child. My mom had to jump in the pool to save me! It wasn't long after that when I started swimming lessons.
There are five basic requirements to pass the swimming test. Read on to see if you actually know how to swim.
According to a new study by the Red Cross, you'll probably SAY you're a perfectly good swimmer but there's a solid chance you're WRONG.
In the survey, 80% of people claimed they CAN swim. But the study found only 56% can do the five basic requirements for, quote, "water competency."
Here are the five basic requirements in the order you should do them:
- Being able to jump into the deep end of a pool
- Tread water for one minute
- Turn around 360 degrees
- Swim 75 feet
- Get out of the pool without using a ladder.
The survey also found that 46% of us have been in a situation where we thought we might drown. But 80% plan to go swimming at least once this summer, and 32% will go somewhere without a lifeguard.