Here are what the real odds are based on the data below:

Drowning and other beach-related fatalities 1 in 2 million
Drowning fatalities 1 in 3.5 million
Shark attacks 1 in 11.5 million
Shark attack fatalities 0 in 264.1 million

 

Estimated attendance 264,156,728
Lifeguard provision of medical care 236,642
Lifeguard rescues from drowning 70,771

 

Drowning (lifeguard areas) 12
Drowning (non-lifeguard areas) 62
Fatalities (causes other than drowning) 58
Total fatalities 132

 

Unprovoked shark attack 23
Fatalities 0

Sources: USLA (from 68 East and West Coast ocean lifeguard agencies within jurisdiction), ISAF (same beach areas). In 2000 there were 52 unprovoked shark bites, including 1 fatality all US coastal waters.

Data current as of: February 10, 2001