Help set a Guinness World Record, while receiving a free swimming lesson with thousands of others across the globe. Join Community Services from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on June 18 at the Northfield Outdoor Pool in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.
In an effort to build awareness of drowning prevention, one curriculum will be taught simultaneously in fourteen countries on five continents. The record to beat is 20,000 people, set at a similar event in June 2011.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about ten people die every day from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children age 14 or younger.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ aims to help water safety organizations and aquatics facilities work together to share life-saving information. Research shows that a child who doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade is unlikely to ever learn, according to the coalition’s website.