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‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ set for June 18

By Staff | Jun 12, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18, at 11 a.m., tens of thousands of swimmers around the globe will flutter and kick their way to attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. Youth and adults in Cape Coral can participate in the event at one of two locations Sun Splash Family Waterpark or the Yacht Club Community Pool.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, which is in its fourth year, aims to show the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning, which remains the second leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children under 14 and a leading cause of death for children ages 1-5. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1-4, yet many children do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. Team WLSL, as it is called, holds the current Guinness World Record with 24,873 participants representing fifteen countries and five continents.

“We are pleased to have both of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation’s aquatic facilities participate in this global event,” said Steve Pohlman, director of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation in a prepared statement.. “It is an excellent way to help raise awareness about drowning prevention, which is particularly important in communities like Cape Coral that are integrated with water.”

To find out how you can join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson record-breaking event on June 18, contact the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation location of your choice:

Sun Splash Family Waterpark, 400 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991; (239) 574-0558

Yacht Club Community Pool, 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904; (239) 574-0806

Source: City of Cape Coral