(WAVE) Every day approximately ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of those ten, the Centers for Disease Control said two are children age 14 or younger.
According to the CDC, African American kids are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts.
Decades after Jim Crow segregation, African Americans are narrowly represented in the water. The USA Swimming Foundation says 70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim.
The risk of drowning goes down with formal swimming lessons, but it is challenging to get the people who need lessons the most into the classes.
"There are populations that are challenged by access, transportation and income," said Steve Tarver, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville.