One Quarter of These Islanders Can’t Swim
Does a stiff upper lip float? A recent poll shows that 27 percent of British adults can’t swim 25 meters — and 11 percent can’t swim at all. The numbers are somewhat better in the U.S., where 80 percent told the Red Cross they can swim, though the number dives to 59 percent for Black Americans. That may reflect a socioeconomic swimming schism on both sides of the pond: British elementary schools are supposed to require swimming proficiency, but are falling woefully short, meaning parents may need to wade in.