According to the WHO drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death globally, after road traffic related injuries. International statistics show that drowning is an underestimated global problem and in some areas is even the number one cause of death among children between 1-5 years old.
For every fatal drowning there is a high number of non-fatal drownings requiring both immediate and long-term care. Fact is, swimming is almost as great a risk as driving a car, and when compared to time of exposure, sometimes even higher! While most areas have adopted automated safety technologies your local community pool often entirely relies on the human eye for supervision.