TUPELO, Miss. (Press Release) — June 20, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fifth 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 10 a.m.
Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents. The 2013 WLSL event generated more than 50 million media impressions, spreading the event’s important message to hundreds of thousands of families.
Drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5, 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 1-4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.
Tupelo Aquatic Center will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2014 event. Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting WLSL.org.