World's Largest Swim Lesson June 22

Posted on June 01, 2017 in Events, Youth Development, Y News

Be Water Smart from the Start

The "Be Water Smart from the Start" safety awareness campaign continues to grow with The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). On Thursday, June 22 at 10 a.m., the YMCA of the Suncoast will participate with tens of thousands of kids and adults at swimming facilities around the world in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record™.
YMCA of the Suncoast Swim Lessons

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. The official record was set in 2014 with 36,564 participants in 22 countries​.

The WLSL is another extension of water safety. Drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. 

Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

The YMCA of the Suncoast locations are participating at various times. Please call your location to verify start times. 

Registration at the Greater Palm Harbor Y starts at 9 a.m. The kids will be divided into groups with instructors. The lesson is from 10-10:30 a.m. Parents are invited to learn more about the event by visiting the World's Largest Swim Lesson website. 

Learn more information on YMCA swim classes.