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June 16, 2014

World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at the Y

This Friday, June 20th 2014, tens of thousands of adults and kids at aquatics facilities around the globe will partake in an attempt to break the record for the WORLD'S LARGEST SWIM LESSON to build water awareness about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim! This free event is open to the community – we encourage everyone to jump in our pools and be a part of this year’s world record. We are hosting free swimming lessons to children and their parents ages 3 and up that morning. Registration starts at 7 am, the attempt starts at 8 am. 17 YMCA facilities will host the event in San Diego County. Find your closest pool at ymca.org.

All participants must be in attendance by 7:30am for instruction and registration.

According to Guinness World Records, the current record for the largest swimming lesson in multiple venues was 19,322 participants, achieved by Team WLSL (USA) at 235 locations throughout the world on 14 June 2011.

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-14. Research shows that if a child doesn't learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) is designed to provide local waterparks, community pools and other aquatic facilities with an event that draws attention to this issue, encourages participation in swimming lesson programs and helps spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™ For more information visit http://www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is being presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations including: Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Swim Instructors Association, Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Jeff Ellis & Associates, National Aquatic Safety Company, National Recreation and Parks Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Swim For Life Foundation, United States Swim School Association and the World Waterpark Association.

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