The Bryan Aquatic Center will be an official host location for the 2016 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, June 24, at 10am. The international event will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 different countries.
The event is free and all ages are welcome.
Bryan Parks and Recreation is joining the global team, made up primarily of kids, to help spread the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives. The goal of the 7th annual event is to help prevent drowning by building awareness about the vital importance of learning to swim.
Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for U.S. children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world. 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.
Since it’s inception, more than 155,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about water safety and the lifesaving skill of swimming. The 2015 WLSL event took place on June 18, 2015 and included 38,170 participants from 22 countries.
Parents and organizations interested in participating are invited to learn more about this phenomenal program by visiting www.bryanparksandrecreation.com or www.WLSL.org or calling the Bryan Aquatic Center at (979) 209-5222.