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Do You Know How to Swim? Here are the 5 Basic Requirements of Swimming

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Mimi Campbell, Townsquare Media

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:

  1. Being able to jump into the deep end of a pool
  2. Tread water for one minute
  3. Turn around 360 degrees
  4. Swim 75 feet
  5. 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.


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