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Speaking on Business: Water Safety

With the earth being over 70 percent water, it’s no wonder water is such a natural draw, especially for kids.

Chris Redgrave Jun 29, 2018

This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

With summer in full swing, swimming is a favorite family activity in Utah and beyond. It’s a sport that if you know it, you usually love it, and the skill set stays with you for your entire life, like riding a bike. With the earth being over 70 percent water, it’s no wonder water is such a natural draw, especially for kids. This means knowing how to swim can also be a lifesaving skill.

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning in the U.S. are kids 14 and under and that number is even higher for children of ethnic minorities, whose likelihood of drowning is as much as 5 times greater. This danger was not lost on Matt Finnegan who founded Race Swami as a non-profit USA swim club serving underrepresented youth on Salt Lake City’s west side. He’s motivated by watching kids in his program develop this enjoyable and critical skill, and some graduates of his program are now swimming at the collegiate level! Find Race Swami on Facebook

Liz Walker is working to address this need also with her business, SwimKids in Salt Lake City, which is providing one-on-one lessons to learn water safety and develop swimming skills. The program is so popular it expanded this year! Visit online at swimkidsutah.com.

For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

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