Now in its 11th year, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) serves as a crucial platform to help the aquatics industry fight childhood drowning by building awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim.
The WLSL event will take place over the course of 24 hours at host locations all over the world on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Start time is 5:30 pm at the YMCA of Frederick County. More information found at www.frederickymca.org
The YMCA of Frederick County is proud to be an official host location for the 2020 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ event.
Local WLSL events take place at hundreds of locations in more than 25 countries on six continents over the course of 24 hours.
Kids and adults in Frederick County Maryland can be a part of the event at the YMCA of Frederick County Downtown Y.
The purpose of the event? Provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. YMCA of Frederick County Downtown Y is joining TEAM WLSL™ in their mission to spread the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions of kids and adults to help prevent drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids 1-4.
About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™
Since its inception, more than 318,000 children and adults have participated in lifesaving WLSL lessons, generating more than two BILLION media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. Learn more about this phenomenal program by visiting www.WLSL.org.
- The problem is real: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for U.S. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14; drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world.
- Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
- Parental supervision is key: According to Safe Kids Worldwide 2016 report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.
- Swimming lessons make a difference: Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children age 1-4 by up to 88%.
- Males and minorities are at the most risk: According to the CDC, nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. In addition, African American children 5-19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. This disparity is greatest among those 11-12 years where African Americans drown in swimming pools at rates 10 times those of Caucasians.