WASHINGTON, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: FIRST SWIMMING SCHOOL
Profile America — Wednesday, July 11th. All over the country, wherever there's water — at lakes, rivers, the seashore, and at public and private pools — people are swimming and learning to swim. The first swimming school in the U.S. opened this month in 1827. It was on the Charles River in Boston, and students were suspended in a harness from a long pole. Today, more than 50 million people enjoy swimming on a regular basis, making it one of our favorite sporting activities. Many swim in their own backyard pools, among the 10 million pools across the country. Many hire a service firm to take care of their pool's regular maintenance. These services generate $1.7 billion a year in revenue. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 5617902
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1231
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau