Poolonomics study says 1 in 6 Americans cannot swim

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A survey conducted by Poolonomics shows results that say almost one in six Americans cannot swim.

The study surveyed 3,000 adults in all 50 states, looking to shed light on the need for increased swimming education and water safety programs.

Findings show a national average of 16.3% of adults do not know how to swim. The study also showed that coastal states do not necessarily have a lower percentage of non-swimmers compared to inland states.

The age groups most at risk were young adults ages 18 to 24 and seniors age 55 and older. And, a significantly higher percentage of woman reported an inability to swim, with 61.8% of non-swimmers being women.

With nearly one in six American adults being unable to swim, Poolonomics says further research to identify factors contributing to swimming proficiency is needed. 

The survey results and an interactive, state-by-state breakdown of the data can be found here:

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DAVID A KRIEGEL May 26, 2024 at 7:26 am

False and misleading When you do a self reporting survey . Actual results are :

What percent of the US population Cannot swim?
In the United States, while 80% report they can swim, in reality, only 56% can perform the five basic skills required for safe swimming​. Interestingly, in some countries, swimming is a part of the school curriculum, leading to a higher percentage of swimmers.

Rick May 28, 2024 at 2:45 am

Hi David, it’s Rick from Poolonomics; we commissioned this particular survey. I’m not sure why you would call it misleading. You seem to be referencing a different/older survey, as our poll was not focused on the five basic skills but a binary yes or no answer. It also targeted adults only.


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