by Mark Garcia June 06, 2014
On June 20th, the WORLD'S LARGEST SWIM LESSON, takes place all over the country, anywhere there is water. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance for swimming lessons for children aged 1-14.
WHY? Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under age 14. Drownings don't all happen in pools, but one trend emerges consistently, children with poor swimming skills drown more often. Swim Lessons improve the odds tremendously for kids.
WHAT? The World's Largest Swim Lesson is a simultaneous swim lesson taking place in more than 25 countries, at hundreds of swim facilities, most of which are in North America.
Last year, the WLSL set the Guinness World's Record for the most participants in a swim lesson, with nearly 25,000 children and adults, all taking a swim lesson at the same time. This was the fourth year in a row that the WLSL has broken the record, earning the title of 'World's Largest Swim Lesson'; will 2014 be the fifth year that the record is broken?
A simple, beginner's lesson plan, developed by a team of water safety experts will be used by all participating facilities. To qualify the WLSL for the World Record, all locations use the same swim lesson plan, and have at least 25 participants.
The WLSL is supported by a coalition of advocates for water safety and swim training organizations. Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans, US Olympic gold medal swimmers, lend their star power to help promote the event.
HOW? To participate in the WLSL, and be a part of a Guinness World Record (wouldn't your child love to be a Guinness World Record Holder?!?), just find a local pool that is hosting the event, and be ready for the swim lesson, which takes place on June 20th, 2014 at 11am EST, 8am PST, 3pm GMT.
If none of the locations is close to you - use your own pool to join the event! The last day to register a pool location for the 2014 WLSL is today! (June 6) Check the website for resources on hosting your own WLSL event location.
Parents understand the importance of bike helmets and car seats. Teaching children how to swim is just as important, and in addition, is an life skill that no one should be deprived the pleasures and benefits.
Children should be taught to swim at the start of every swim season, from the time they are old enough to walk, until they develop strong swimming skills - which don't usually develop well until age 5 or 6. Annual swim lessons (6-12 sessions) should continue, every year for at least 5-7 years of a child's early life.
The World's Largest Swim Lesson is a fun way to kick off summer, and a great way to evaluate your child's swimming skills early in the season. It's also an easy way to connect with local swim instructors, swim teams and training organizations, to sign up for a series of swim lessons.
You didn't think just one swim lesson would be enough, did you?