YMCA, Bethesda Park Swimming for Record
Both pools in Lawrenceville, Ga. will be trying to break the record for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
Summer is just days away now and kids are already playing in pools and families taking trips to the beach. With swimming safety in mind, the J.M.Tull YMCA is teaming up with Safe Kids Gwinnett as a new host of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. They'll join the Bethesda Park Aquatic Center as the two locations in Lawrenceville this year.
People across the world, in over 45 states and 13 countries will take part in the record setting attempt. In 2011, 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.”
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson begins at 11am on Thursday, June 14, at the Tull YMCA and Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, both in Lawrenceville. Membership at the YMCA is not required to participate at the Y location. 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.