Summer is just days away now and kids are already playing in pools and families taking trips to the beach. With in mind, the (in cooperation with ) is teaming up with Safe Kids Gwinnett as a new host of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
People across the world, in over 45 states and 13 countries will take part in the record setting attempt. , the record was set with over 20,000 people diving in at the same time.
The event is not only about fun, but also safety.
According to Safe Kids Gwinnett, drowning is still the second leading cause of accidental, injury related deaths for children under the age of 14. If children ages one to four take formal swimming lessons, it reduces their risk of drowning by 88 percent.
“Parents understand how important it is to protect their children by using car seats and requiring bike helmets,” said Tania Diaz of Safe Kids Gwinnett in a release. “Someday, we hope the same will hold true for teaching kids to swim.”
Registration begins at 9:45 a.m.The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is free and begins at 11 a,m, on Thursday, June 14, at the Simpsonwood Retreat in Peachtree Corners.
Tull YMCA and Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, both in Lawrenceville are also participating. Membership at the YMCA is not required to participate at the Y locations. Those wishing to participate at Bethesda Park will have to pay a pool admission fee of $3 for Gwinnett residents, $6 for non-residents.
All participants will receive an official World Record Breaker certificate.