NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – Thousands of children and adults will take to aquatic facilities around the world for the “world’s biggest swimming lesson”.
The lesson will take place over 24 hours at aquatic centers, swim schools and water parks across the country on June 23.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released data from 2021 that shows drowning has become the leading cause of accidental death among American children aged 1 to 4.
Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental injury-related death in the rest of the world.
“Having this event at the Westwood Family Aquatic Center every year is so important to us because we know the risk of drowning can be reduced by 88% if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1 and 4” , said Josh Holman, aquatic sports supervisor. . “We want to raise awareness that learning to swim is a life skill that everyone needs. Even if you are currently uncomfortable in the water, consider joining us and learning more skills in a supportive environment.
Officials say the Westwood Family Aquatic Center serves as the official venue for the 2022 event.
On June 23, attendees will receive a free 30-minute water safety lesson. Classes will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The organizers specify that participants will also leave with a free day pass to enjoy the aquatic center. Registration is mandatory.
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