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Largest swim lesson set for June 20

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster’s Tiki Pool is joining hundreds of other pools across the nation in an effort to set the Guinness Book of World Records’ world’s largest swimming lesson.

The world’s top water safety and training organizations are joining forces Friday, June 20, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Pools around the world will host lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m.

“This is our first year,” said Tiki Pool manager Rose Ann Elliott, although it’s the fifth year for the national event. Elliot said the Tiki swimming instructors heard about the event through the Red Cross, and wanted to participate.

The current record stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 countries for a simultaneous swimming lesson and everyone involved hopes to top that total this year.

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. 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.

Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

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