It is our passion of this charitable organization to promote water safety to everyone in Alaska.
Swimming is something we take for granted here in Alaska and unless we make an effort to learn a specific set of skills needed to swim, many of us will grow up here never learning to swim. Two things happen when you don't learn this essential skill. You miss out on all the fun you'll have with water activities and sports, and second you'll most likely drown if you fall into the water unexpectedly. That is a harsh reality that I dare not sugar coat for anyone.
The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics keeps track of leading causes of fatal injuries in Alaska and what we
found out might shock you. According to their records from 2002-2011 drowning is the #2 accidental killer of children ages 1-9 in Alaska. You would expect this in
the lower 48 with all the backyard pools that are improperly fenced but not in Alaska! Motor Vehicle accidents are closely behind and drowning is the top #2 for ages 10-18.
These statistics are heart breaking and motivates us to do something about it. This is why the Swim Like A Fish Foundation was started. We plan on changing these statistics with swim lessons, water safety education and supplying flotation devices to those who need them.