World's Largest Swimming Lesson Set

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Lifeguard Bradley Stephens reads instructions during last year's lesson.(file photo)

Once again this year the Piggott Public Swimming Pool will participate in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. The attempt is set to begin 10 a.m. this Thursday, June 18, and will be going on at hundreds of locations in over 20 countries over a 24 hour period.

Last year the local swimming pool took part in the effort for the first time, as the team from World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) sanctioned the event for the sixth time. This year tens of thousands of kids and adults will take part in the lesson, as the team seeks to break the record of 36,564 participants.

The WLSL is held at aquatic facilities across the globe in an effort to highlight the benefits of swimming lessons. According to experts, drowning remains the leading cause of untended, injury-related deaths 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, although many kinds do not receive any formal swimming or water safety training.

Everyone is invited to take part in the attempt, and there is no charge for participants. Registration is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday morning, with the lesson set to start at 10. All participants must be pre-registered and on-hand, prior to the start of the lesson in order to be counted. Local organizers also note there will be drawings held during the event, for those who have registered as a participant.

"The Piggott Public Swimming Pool is proud to once again serve as the official host location facility for the WLSL 2015 event," noted pool manager Julie Davis. "Parents may also learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting the organization's website at www.WLSL.org"

Those wanting additional information on the local WLSL effort may contact Davis at the swimming pool office by calling 870 598-2911.

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