On Thursday, June 14, 2012, Saint Andrew's School swim school and summer camp joined forces with the nation's top water safety and training organizations to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). The purpose of the event was to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On this day, waterparks, pools, and other aquatic facilities around the globe hosted local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11am ET (3pm GMT) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. There were more than 500 official WLSL Host Locations representing 24 countries on 5 continents and 46 states in the United States.
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. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. 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.
ESPN760 Reporter Jason Pugh was on hand to capture the event on video. You can catch the story on WPTV NewsChannel 5 in the embedded video below.
Saint Andrew's School would like to recognize the efforts of Swim School Director Kara Cassidy in making today's event a wonderful success. For more information about The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), visit http://www.wlsl.org/.
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for Grades JK - 12, Saint Andrew's School is both a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.