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Published 6/9/2014

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Kentucky Kingdom’s Hurricane Bay to host World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), Friday, June 20, 2014, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 20th, Hurricane Bay along with other waterparks, pools and aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11am Eastern Standard Time (3pm GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Kentucky Kingdom is proud to be presenting this program locally. “Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4,” said Loren Wingfeld, Aquatics Manager for Hurricane Bay. “Yet many kids don’t receive formal swimming or water safety training. Drowning is preventable and the first step is insuring every child learns to swim.” Event organizers are projecting more than 35,000 participants for the 2014 life-saving swim lesson, more than a 40% percent increase over last year’s world record of over 32,200 participants. Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14.

Over the next few weeks, Kentucky Kingdom will share specific details regarding local participation.

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010 as a platform to help aquatic facilities and water safety organizations work together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. Visit to learn more.

The event is supported by the following leaders in water safety:

The American Red Cross, Amusement Today, Aquatics International, Athletic Business, The Association of Aquatic Professionals, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, Canadian Red Cross, Center for Disease Control Healthy Swimming Program, Colin’s Hope, Drowning Prevention Foundation, INATI, International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Swim Instructors Association, Independent Pool & Spa Service Association, Jeff Ellis & Associates, National Aquatic Safety Company, National Recreation & Park Association, Park World Magazine, Pool Safely, Resort and Recreation Magazine, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, United States Swim School Association, USA Swimming Foundation and the World Waterpark Association.




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