Swimming lesson aims to break records

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center was a participant in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Friday.
Jun 21, 2014

The Jimmy Floyd Family Center was a participant in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Friday.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is in its fifth year of trying to raise awareness of the dangers of drowning and the importance of swimming lessons. Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death among children ages 1-5 and the second leading cause for those age 1-14.

“I just think it’s awesome that this organization is raising awareness on the importance of knowing how to swim,” said JFFC Aquatics Coordinator Cindy Baker.

She said the center provides Red Cross swimming lessons, which is how it became involved in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. 

According to information from WLSL, 32,450 participants set the Guinness World Record last year, representing 13 countries.

Not only were there participants at the JFFC, but Baker said they also held a session at the Don Fox Park in the wading pool.

“You can drown in 18 inches of water,” Baker said. “That’s why it’s so important to learn how to swim.”

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