There has been considerable press about India’s high drowning rate in recent years, including this startling headline in the International Business Times: “A Watery Grave: Why Do So Many People Die by Drowning in India?” The IBT listed places where the tragedies were occurring, including ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans, noting that India reports nearly 70,000 drowning deaths annually. While no definitive answer to the question posed in the headline was given, the World Health Organization says easy access to water and water-related occupations seem to be factors.

Of course, water safety is of paramount interest to everyone. The WHO says drowning is the third biggest cause of unintentional injury-related deaths around the world. Recently, Aquatics International ran a story by an aquatics expert who conducted a study of pools in seven overseas countries and territories to see how they did (or did not) adhere to U.S. safety guidelines. His findings have sparked discussion and shed some new light on the subject.

Meanwhile, it is heartening to learn that Pune, the 7th most populous city in India, soon will be making the safety status of its swimming pools available online. In response to numerous complaints, the city formed 15 ward committees to conduct checks at pools to see if they are operating according to the safety and health standards. Read More