Good news! While the drowning stats for July 2022 are not the lowest on record, it is overall one of the better July months since Total Aquatic Programming began tracking this important data. Though, there is one area of concern. Read on to learn more about the drowning statistics and causes for July 2022.

Understanding Drowning Statistics for July 2022

As always, each month we are thankful to the good people at Total Aquatic Programming. They share years’ worth of data about drowning statistics, causes and more. This data can help paint a clear picture of the areas that water safety experts should explore. More knowledge and education can help to prevent certain hazards and save lives.

For 13 years, these month-by-month drowning numbers have been shared in order to help prevent further dangers.

At the beginning of each month, the charts and maps supplied by Total Aquatic Programming let us know and understand the number of drownings for particular age groups, activities and locations. Each of these drowning incidents is based on reports from reputable news sources.

The basic drowning stats for July 2022 track more than 15 separate items from every drowning that occurs throughout the country. 

These items include, but are not limited to:

  • date
  • state
  • city
  • county
  • age and gender of the victim
  • ethnicity, if recorded
  • body of water in which the drowning occurred
  • and several other circumstances that can help to provide some guidance in the prevention of future drownings.

Chart: Drowning Stats for July 2022

As you can see in the drowning stats for July 2022, there were a total of 411 drowning incidents last month. These were cataloged when they were reported to viable news sources across the United States. The worst year on record was July 2011, but the past few years have shown a downward trajectory. That is wonderful news!

Drowning Stats for July 2022

Obviously, water safety experts would rather see this number at zero, but any reduction is a welcome sight. In the chart above, we have presented the latest drowning stats for July 2022.

Drowning Chart for July 2022

That said, there is definitely one statistic that gives cause for alarm. The number of drowning incidents for children 12 and up has increased dramatically since last year. Perhaps there were more kids going to summer camp or swimming in general this summer.

Taking a closer look at the causes, the problem seems to be mostly the usual suspects. Specifically, a large percentage of the drownings were once again due to a lack of life jackets or personal floatation devices. This is a recurring theme each month. Sadly, this is a completely avoidable risk. Far too many swimmers and boaters simply do not use these life-saving devices. Failing that, some of these devices may be faulty. Instead, the best and most effective floatation devices should be inspected and approved by the United States Coast Guard.

Additionally, the drowning stats for July 2022 show that ladders had caused a few of the drowning incidents. Knowing how to enter and exit the pool is a critical safety issue. Beyond that, ladders railings and stairs should always be inspected. A loose or rickety ladder can be a serious hazard. Before anyone gets in the water, make sure there is a safe and secure way to exit.

To learn more, visit Total Aquatic Programming’s website. There, these statistics are broken down into key areas of concern.