World's Largest Swim Lesson
Take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at 6 p.m. June 21 when Lakeway Swim Center and Colin’s Hope partner to host a local lesson as part of an annual drowning prevention awareness event.
Registration for the Lakeway Swim Center lesson is free and open to the first 50 people to sign up at the center, 3103 Lakeway Blvd.
This will be the ninth year for the global event, and organizers have set their sights on a new goal – reaching more than 1 billion people with their message of Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ by 2019.
Local WLSL events occur at hundreds of locations in more than 20 different countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson provides more than 20,000 man hours of water safety training in a single day to help teach participants basic water competency skills and educate parents about how to keep kids safer in and around the water. Since its inception, more than 195,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion life-saving media impressions.
“Lakeway Swim Center is pleased to participate in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson event with Colin’s Hope,” Lakeway Parks and Recreation Director Andra Bennett said. “We hope this drowning prevention message reaches a global audience because drowning continues to claim lives around the world.”
Organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water.
•The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for U.S. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14; drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world.
•Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills.
•Parents don't recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.
For information about the Lakeway Swim Center event, call 512-261-3000.