Swimming is a summer pastime that many look forward to each year, but it’s also an activity that should be treated with caution. According to the Center for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1–4 and the second leading cause for children under 14. Additionally, a 2014 American Red Cross survey found that more than half of all Americans either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
Parents and kids alike can take the important opportunity to learn how to swim this year at the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, hosted by SwimSafe and held June 21 at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a global public relations event supported by aquatic facilities, water parks, pools, swim schools, YMCAs, etc. to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
The event begins at 3 p.m., and registration starts at 2:30 p.m. Learn more about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at WLSL.org.