The nation’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), Thursday, June 14, 2012, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14th, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local free WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11am ET in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. My own children started swimming lessons around the same time they learned to walk. And swimming lessons weren’t just a one-shot deal–they remained in swimming lessons until well into elementary school. Now, they love to swim, and I feel confident letting them go into the water with friends at the beach or the pool.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level. Use this link to find a nearby pool that is participating.
The 2011 event attracted more than 20,000 participants and set a Guiness World Record. The organizers are hoping to break that record in 2012.
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