• probably because they are three times less likely to have taken swimming lessons. people can't swim if they are never taught how.
  • I'm relatively new to the US, having moved here from England not that long ago, but it seems to be that it's a standing joke that African Americans can't swim. I've no idea whether it's true or not, but I've heard it referenced many times on TV, for what that's worth.
    • ReiSan
      There is some truth in it.
  • Africans cannot float as well as the other races, so they have difficulty swimming. This is due to their adaption to tropical climate in Africa. We Asians can float much more easily than Africans.
  • Maybe because they're not as good as swimmers.
  • I read somewhere that they are less likely to grow up in areas with access to pools in their schools and in their neighborhood homes. Also fewer neighborhood rec centers.
  • " Among whites, drowning rates peak in toddlers but then decline dramatically around age 5 and stay down. Experts think that's a result of swimming lessons kicking in. Among blacks, the drowning rate for toddlers is lower, but it doesn't drop off the same way as children get older. An earlier study showed that nearly 60 percent of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31 percent of white kids. That stems from cultural differences, experts believe. Generally, more white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and more white parents make sure their kids can swim, Gilchrist said. About 21,000 children and young adults drowned from 1999 through 2010, according to the CDC study. Overall, the black drowning rate was about 40 percent higher than the rate for whites. The rate for Hispanics was roughly the same as for whites and the Asian rate was slightly lower. The rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives was the highest
  • not sure why

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