by Mark Garcia June 15, 2015
On Thursday, June 18th, 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 23 countries, at 800 swim facilities, most of which are in North America.
In 2014 the WLSL set the Guinness World's Record for the most participants in a swim lesson, with over 25,000 children and adults, all taking a swim lesson at the same time. This was the fifth year in a row that the WLSL has broken the record, earning the title of 'World's Largest Swim Lesson'; will 2015 be the sixth 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.
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 18th, 2015 at 10am - wherever you are!
If none of the locations is close to you - use your own pool to join the event! It's too late to register a pool location for the 2015 event, but check the website for resources on hosting your own WLSL event location next year! For more information on how it works, see the FAQ.
And for more information about how awesome swimming is, check out this 7000 word article, 8 amazing health benefits of swimming, according to science, not just bloggers!
Parents understand the importance of bike helmets and car seats. Teaching children how to swim is just as important, and in addition, is a life skill that no one should be deprived the pleasures and benefits thereof.
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 is usually after age 5 or 6, and an awareness of water safety, which may take longer. 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 Swimming Lesson™ is supported by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety advocates to draw attention to the importance of teaching children to swim as a key component in drowning prevention. All the heavy hitters are representing and have donated resources and revenue to help over 120,000 people take part in WLSL over the years.
Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans, two US Olympic gold medal swimmers, lend their star power to help promote the event.
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?
Thanks for Reading!