Swimming - it’s a summertime ritual and one of the most important lifesaving skills you can learn. On Thursday, June 22, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is giving kids the chance to learn the basics of swimming and help set a world record through participation in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL).
This year’s event will take place at the new Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center, 2014 Statesville Ave., just prior to the facility’s grand opening. Residents interested in participating in the WLSL can register free of charge onsite, June 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will officially begin at 10 a.m.
About the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010, is a global public relations event supported by aquatic facilities, waterparks, pools, swim schools, YMCA's, among others. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Swimming is a lifesaving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4.
The 2017 World's Largest Swimming Lesson will be the eighth year for the global event and TEAM WLSL™ will be setting its sights on a new goal -- reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ by 2019. Local WLSL events will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours.
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