DUNDEE (CBS Detroit) – A new world record may be set for the largest swimming lesson this Tuesday.
Thousands of kids and adults around the world will unite for the fourth year in a row to try to break the current Guinness World Record.
Splash Universe, located in Dundee, Michigan, will be one of many host locations for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL).
Research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5. 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 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson helps spread the word about ‘waterproofing’ your kids,” said John Collins, General Manager of Splash Universe.
Added Cara Calkins, Aquatics Manager at Splash Universe. “Teaching children to swim is a key component in drowning prevention and The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a perfect way to bring the ‘swimming lessons save lives’ message to life for kids and parents.”
The current word record tally stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 different countries across five continents.
Registration is now closed for this year’s event, but parents can learn more at WLSL.org.