The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™, created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010, is a global public relations event supported by aquatic facilities, waterparks, pools, swim schools, YMCA's, 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, 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 percent 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 percent) 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 17th. Host locations may select their own start time on the 17th to best suit their operating schedule. TEAM WLSL™ has sent the message Swimming Lesson Save Lives™ to billions of kids and adults. Let’s share this important message with as many kids and adults as we can throughout the summer of 2021.
HOST A WLSL EVENT AT YOUR FACILITY
This year's World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Each Host Location may select their own start time on the 17th to best suit their operating schedule. The curriculum for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ is provided in the WLSL Host Location Kit, along with other supporting materials. All participating Host Locations are required to teach the WLSL curriculum so that all locations are teaching the same lesson on the same day. The event will take place rain or shine. If weather prevents your facility from participating, please show your support on your social media channels.
Registration for the 2021 event will open April 1, 2021.
Please check back after April 1st if you are interested in hosting a WLSL event in 2021. We invite you to join us in sharing this message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ on your social media channels. Please use the handle @TheWLSL and the hashtags: #WLSL2021, #DrowningisPreventable, #Swimminglessonssavelives or #Drowningispreventable when posting.
NEAAPA is a proud supporter of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™