Do Italians know how to swim?

Do Italians know how to swim?

65% of Americans say they absolutely cannot swim.
What about theItalians with their 7,500 km of world famous, amazing coastline? Here are some data:

  • 35% say they cannot swim at all (one in three Italians)
  • 26% admit that they cannot swim well
  • 32% can swim by breathing properly
  • 41% manage to stay afloat in deep water
  • Almost 70% cannot keep their eyes open underwater

(Data from a survey by the Istituto Piepoli in August 2015)