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The World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Updated: Jun 10




SAVE THE DATE!

12th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ Set For Thursday, June 17, 2021

Das Rec Will Join TEAM WLSL™ In Its #21in21 Campaign

To Share The Message That Swimming Lessons Save Lives


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Now in its 12th year, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) serves as a crucial platform for the aquatics industry to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. With a whole year of “A dire consequence of the pool closures created by the 2020 pandemic is that millions of children did not have the chance to begin swimming lessons as they normally would,” said Rick Root, President of the World Waterpark Association, the founding organization of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

As waterparks, aquatic centers, and swim schools return to a more normal operating schedule in 2021, TEAM WLSL™ is unveiling a new #21in21 campaign to encourage host locations of all sizes to get back on deck for the WLSL event on June 17th, 2021.

Whether facilities are able to host just 21 swimmers and their parents due to social distancing protocols or 2,100 because the whole community is in full swing, organizers are encouraging as many locations as possible to participate in this year’s program.

“Over the last 11 years of hosting the WLSL event, we’ve learned we can make a real difference in our communities if we all work together,” said Root. “By committing to the #21in21 campaign, we can get kids and families back on track to being water aware by participating in life-saving swim lessons.”


WHEN:

This year’s WLSL event will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 2:00 pm.


WHO:

Das Rec --New Braunfels Recreation Center -- is proud to be an official host location for the 2021 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ event.


WHERE:

345 Landa Street -- Das Rec -- Leisure Pool


WHY:

The purpose of the event is to provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Das Rec is joining TEAM WLSL™ in their mission to spread the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to kids and adults to help prevent drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids 1-4 in the U.S.


About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

Since its inception, more than 320,000 children and adults have participated in life-saving WLSL lessons, generating more than two BILLION media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. Learn more about this phenomenal program by visiting www.WLSL.org.



BACKGROUND


· The problem is real: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-4, the second leading cause for children under 14 and the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for all ages in the United States. Drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.


· Swimming lessons make a difference: Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children age 1-4 by up to 88%.

· Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.

· Parental 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.


Males and minorities are at the most risk: According to the CDC, nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. In addition, Black children aged 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. This disparity is greatest among those 11-12 years of age, where Black children drown in swimming pools at rates 10 times those of whites.

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