The 13th annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) is underway today, June 23, 2022.
This event is designed to build awareness and generate local and national press attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning.
Research released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2021 shows drowning has become the leading cause of unintended death for children ages one to four, ahead of car accidents, birth defects and cancer. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates 236,000 people died from drowning in 2019, making drowning a major public health problem worldwide.
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is designed to provide local waterparks, community pools and other aquatic facilities with an event that draws attention to this issue, encourages participation in swimming lesson programs and helps spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.
WLSL is being presented by the World Waterpark Association with support from American Red Cross (ARC), Amusement Today, Aquatics International, Instituto de Natacao Infantil (INATI), Lifeguards Without Borders, National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO), National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), CPSC's Pool Safely, Safe Kids Worldwide, Stop Drowning Now, Starfish Aquatics Institute, STA, Swim Australia, USA Swimming Foundation, United States Swim School Association, Water Safety Products and many other organizations.
To review a full list of supporting organizations, click here.