The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010, is a global public relations event supported by aquatic facilities, waterparks, pools, swim schools and YMCAs, among others. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14. Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88% if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4.
Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54%) either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills. This can and should change, and this is the mission of Team WLSL.
The 2021 World's Largest Swimming Lesson will be held on Thursday, June 17. Host locations may select their own start time on the 17 to best suit their operating schedule.
Registration is now open. Click here for more details on how to become a host location.