Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Dallas swimmers go for world record on Tuesday
Organizers of The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson hope the event will spread the message that swimming lessons save lives.
On Tuesday, June 14, Dallas Parks and Recreation Department swimming pools across the city will join with aquatic facilities around the globe by serving as host locations in an attempt to set a new world record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. The event is the brainchild of a coalition of the nation’s leading water safety and training organizations, and is designed to build awareness and generate local and national attention to the vital importance of teaching kids to swim at an early age in order to prevent drowning.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children aged 1 through 14. According to research, children who don’t learn to swim by the third grade likely never will. Organizers of The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson hope the event will spread the message that swimming lessons save lives.
“It is so important to draw attention to this issue,” said Brian Borski, Dallas Park and Recreation Aquatics supervisor, “particularly at the beginning of the summer season. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a perfect way to bring the message to life for kids and parents.”
Gold medalists Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are official spokespeople for the WLSL event for the second year to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training. As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.
Gaines, an 11-time world swimming record holder, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park in Florida has been designated the official World's Largest Swimming Lesson international headquarters.
To be counted toward the world record, each participant must sign in on a student log. All locations will follow the same standard lesson plan, and the 45-minute lesson will be taught by certified swimming instructors.
Organizers hope this year will break the record set at the inaugural event in 2010, when almost 4,000 participants in 34 states, five countries, and three continents participated to improve their water safety awareness and skills.
In addition to all 18 Dallas city pools, aquatic centers in Flower Mound, Grapevine, Euless, Keller, Allen, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, Plano, and Garland will participate as host sites. The full list is:
- Aqua Kids in Flower Mound
- Aqua Kids in Keller
- Bachman Pool in Dallas
- Bahama Beach Waterpark in Dallas
- Bonnieview Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Dove Pool in Grapevine
- Everglade Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Exline Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Fretz Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Glendale Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Grauwyler Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Harry Stone Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Hattie Rankin Moore Pool in Dallas
- Jaycee Zaragoza Pool in Dallas
- Kidd Springs Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Lake Highlands Pool in Dallas
- Life Time Fitness Allen
- Life Time Fitness Mansfield
- Life Time Fitness North Dallas
- Martin Weiss Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Midway Pool in Euless
- NRH2O Waterpark in North Richland Hills
- Pleasant Glade Pool in Dallas
- Pleasant Oaks Pool in Dallas
- Samuell-Grand Swimming Pool in Dallas
- South Euless Swimming Pool
- Splash Island in Euless
- Surf and Swim Wave Pool in Garland
- Tietze Park Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Tommie M. Allen Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Walnut Hill Swimming Pool in Dallas
- Wilshire Swimming Pool in Euless
Pre-registration for the event is not required, and lessons will begin at 10 am.
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