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Everybody In the Pool: Dayton Joins World's Largest Swim Lesson

DAYTON -- Three city pools are official host locations of the 2013 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) -- a global effort to set a new Guinness World Record and to encourage water safety -- on Tuesday, June 18, at 10:45 a.m.

WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 countries across five continents.

There is no charge for participation, and registration begins at 10:15 a.m. on the day of the event at each participating location. All participants must be registered and ready by 10:45 a.m. All ages are welcomed and encouraged. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water.

This free lesson consists of swimming and safety basics suitable for beginners or anyone wishing to participate, and lasts approximately one hour, with 15 minutes of free swimming at the end.

Following are the Dayton host locations:

• Dabney Pool/Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr., 937-333-3053

• Family Aquatic Center/Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St., 937-333-4733

• Belmont Pool/Lohrey Recreation Center, 2366 Glenarm Dr., 937-333-3128.

Although often preventable, drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death for kids ages 1 to 5 and the second leading cause for children ages 1 to 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

In addition to local host organizations including the Dayton Department of Recreation and Youth Services, WLSL is presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations. For more information, go to www.wlsl.org.

 
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