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Published on Jun 18, 2012
SwimKids Swim Schools, along with the nation's top water safety and training organizations, joined forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), Thursday, June 14, 2012, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14th, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe hosted local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11am ET (3pm GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
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 children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.