World’s largest swimming lesson: Going for world record at county waterparks

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fifth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record. The global record attempt for “The World's Largest Swimming Lesson” will take place at 11 a.m. (ET). The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will participate by offering swimming lessons at this time to registered summer camp participants at area parks.

In Charleston County, official Host Location Facilities for the WLSL event will include Splash Island Waterpark in Mount Pleasant, Splash Zone Waterpark on James Island and Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston, along with the agency's portable pool, which will be located at Schroder Blaney Recreation Complex in Hollywood. Lessons will begin at 11 a.m. on June 20 at these sites for select children participating in CCPRC summer camps.

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents.

Tragically, 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 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. Parents are invited to learn more about “The World's Largest Swimming Lesson” by visiting www.wlsl.org.

For more information on CCPRC's water safety program, contact Stephen Fernandez at 843-762-2172 or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.

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