Thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) at 10 am on June 18, 2015. Team WLSL holds the current world record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 36,564 participants representing 22 countries. The event is aimed at spreading the message that swimming lessons save lives.
According to Safe Kids Northeast Florida, led by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, drowning remains the leading cause of death in Florida for children between the ages of one and five, and the second leading cause of injury related death for children under 14. Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children between one- and four-years old, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.
Safe Kids Northeast Florida announces that the following facilities are official host locations for the 2015 WLSL event:
• JaxParks Aquatics pools:
Robert E Lee High School Pool 1200 S. McDuff Ave.
Oceanway Pool 12215 Sago Ave. W.
Julius Guinyard/Jefferson Street Pool 1359 Jefferson St.
Terry Parker Pool 7301 Parker School Road
• Swimming Safari 4475 Windsor Commons Court (Hodges & JTB)
• Fernandina Beach Parks and Recreation Department Pool Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500 Atlantic Blvd., Fernandina Beach
• Splash Jax Swim School 1856 Davidson Street, Jacksonville
• Adventure Landing 1944 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach (waterpark admission must be paid to participate)