Men are four times as likely to drown as women, a statistic partially attributed to 'under-estimation of risk and over-estimation of ability'. In 2017, 69 (78%) of those who drowned in preventable circumstances were male. It is easy to believe that learning to swim will keep you safe in the water, but safety relies on a combination of factors - skill, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. A groups of young males shared their in-water experience if learning some of the essential skills, including being able to float. Floating first offers a choice, helps alleviate panic, allowing the person to keep their head above water, breathe and assess the situation.