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Why the World’s Largest Swim Lesson is Important

Why the World’s Largest Swim Lesson is Important

posted on May 24, 2017

SFBF June Blog
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

On June 22nd, Small Fish Big Fish swim school will be taking part in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson. Though it is our 5th year participating, this year is just as important as the last. It is not just a fun event, but a life-saving one. As most of you know, swimming awareness is something near and dear to my heart.

WLSL was created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010 as a global PR event supported by aquatic facilities, waterpark, schools, YMCA’s and others. The 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 life-saving 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.

WLSL Fun Facts:
TEAM WLSL™ holds the current Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson conducted at multiple venues. The official record was set in 2014 with 36,564 participants in 22 countries​
In 2013, Sun-N-Fun in Naples, Florida, set a Guinness World Record™ for the largest swimming lesson conducted at a single venue with 1,308 participants
The WLSL event is truly global with 41 countries having participated since the event began in 2010. Participating countries include: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the United States​
More than 50 life-saving and safety organizations have thrown their support behind TEAM WLSL™, helping spread the word to millions of people about this annual drowning prevention event
Please join us at Small Fish Big Fish Swim School on Thursday, June 22nd as we take part in this global event to raise awareness about the importance of swimming skills. I hope to see you there!

Swimmingly,

Melissa Taylor

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