On Thursday, June 22nd, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will meet for the eighth 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 locally at the Ventura Family YMCA, 3760 Telegraph Road at 2:30pm with registration beginning at 2:00pm.
Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ is the primary message for this global event. Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.
Since its inception, more than 195,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2016 WLSL event included 40,298 participants from 24 countries.
For more information about the WLSL or water safety programs, contact Amber Stevens, Director of Aquatics and Youth Programs at the Ventura Family YMCA at 642.2131.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care.