Darren Lawson, Killens Pond State Park, 302-284-4526, Darren.Lawson@state.de.us; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, Necia.Beck@state.de.us
Killens Pond State Park will be part of the world’s largest simultaneous Swim Lesson
FELTON (June 17, 2013) – On Tuesday, June 18, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fourth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record. The global record attempt for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place at 11 a.m. at Killens Pond State Park.
Team WLSL™ holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 different countries across five continents. The 2012 WLSL event generated more than 29 million media impressions, spreading the event’s important message to hundreds of thousands of families.
Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to five, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four, yet many do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different regional, national and international water safety organizations work together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. Visit wlsl.org or de.stateparks.com to learn more.
Killens Pond State Park‘s Waterpark will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2013 event. Parents are invited to learn more about the event by visiting WLSL.org. Complete information on how to volunteer, participate, make group reservations and costs of the event is available from Killens Pond State Park at 302-284-4526.
Vol. 43, No. 249