As we bid farewell to another year, let’s promptly delve into the details of the last month of 2023 and conduct a thorough examination of the full year.
Below, we’ll check out the drowning stats for December 2023 and take a closer look at the overall numbers for past year. There’s some great news in these stats, so read on to learn more.
Understanding the Drowning Statistics for December 2023 Into the Start of 2024
Throughout the year, and in many years past, the team at Total Aquatic Programming has worked tirelessly to develop information that can be used to close the gap on the number of drownings that occur each year. They consistently gather and share detailed drowning statistics for the nation. This involves compiling all publicly reported drowning cases nationwide each month.
Armed with these drowning statistics, water safety experts work towards enhancing general education and life-saving rescue practices within the industry. This knowledge is then disseminated to the broader community. The goal is to identify effective solutions to limit (and hopefully eliminate) the risks of drowning over time.
For over 14 years, now going onto 15, these water safety experts at have collected specific drowning statistics for the nation.
The specific drowning data tracked for each drowning include:
- 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 December 2023 and the Year
In terms of drowning stats, 2023 was a very positive year. Despite population growth, the USA witnessed a significant decrease in annual drownings, a trend not seen in many years.
Outlined below is a concise overview of key categories. While all drownings are tragic, advocates often emphasize child drownings. For this reason, it is crucial to note the following percentages:
- Adults account for 66% of drownings.
- Children aged 4 and younger represent 14.6%.
- Teenagers contribute to 11.4%.
- Children aged 5 to 12 make up 8%.
- Males comprise 83.8%, while females constitute 16.2% of all drownings.
- Hispanics account for 7.9%.
- African Americans represent 6.1%.
- Open water incidents make up approximately 70% of all drownings.
Men and Boys Are at Higher Risk of Drowning
One of the most surprising statistics is that males face a much higher risk of drowning than females. We’ve delved into this phenomenon in a comprehensive blog, and it’s worth emphasizing again. In fact, aside from the drowning statistics provided by Total Aquatic Programming, the CDC reinforces that men and boys have a higher likelihood of drowning compared to women and girls.
Taking it a step further, the risk doesn’t diminish after the age of four. In fact, men and boys are more susceptible to drowning between the ages of 15 and 24. While drowning poses a serious threat to everyone, it’s crucial to factor this into your water safety plans.
Looking Ahead Into 2024 and Beyond!
Considering the cumulative years of drowning statistics, there’s positive news. If drownings were escalating at the same rate as population growth, they would be 16% higher than the current figures. This is encouraging and indicates that education initiatives are making a positive impact.
As we step into 2024, let’s commit to disseminating water safety knowledge far and wide. The more people who are informed, the safer we all become. In the meantime, we’re wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
To learn more about these drowning statistics, visit Total Aquatic Programming’s official website. You can also learn about one of the people behind the organization in our in-depth interview with Mick Nelson.