Surrounded by water, Florida leads the nation with some of the highest drowning death rates among children and adults.
Yet, according to the Red Cross, only 56 percent of American adults who say they can swim can actually perform the 5 basic water safety skills that could save their lives.
These critical water safety skills are the ability to:
- Step or jump into the water over your head
- Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute
- Turn around in a full circle
- Swim 25 yards to the exit
- Exit from the water without using a ladder
Take the quiz below to find out how you rank.
The Red Cross is hoping to drastically reduce the number of drownings by teaching 50,000 more people, both adults and children, in 50 selected cities how to be better swimmers.
The Bay Area has been targeted as one of those areas because of our higher-than-average drowning rate.
The Federally-funded program will kick in next year and provide swim lessons, water safety education programs and added training opportunities for lifeguards.
Every Bay Area county has a drowning rate higher than the national average.
To see how your county stacks up, click here.