FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Supervisor of Aquatics | City of Lakeland
404 Imperial Blvd Lakeland, FL 33803
863/834-3157 (PH) |www.lakelandgov.net
GANDY POOL WILL BE PART OF ATTEMPT TO BREAK GUINESS WORLD RECORD IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON
LAKELAND, FL (May 14, 2012) -- The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) Thursday, June 14, 2012 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 14th water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 11 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. City of Lakeland’s Aquatics staff will assist in the world record attempt during a swim lesson at Gandy Pool located at 404 Imperial Blvd.
Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.
Individuals interested in participating in the lesson have until 10:30 a.m. June 14th to register by contacting Aquatics at 863-834-3157. For more information on The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to find out how to get involved, please contact David Woodard at 863-834-3157.