Happenings: World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Breaking a world record to
spread a message

By Mindy Green

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Thousands of people around the world will be participating. Jump in, Bobcats!

It’s not often one can say they participated in a world record, but here’s your chance! Texas State University is a site host for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Tuesday, June 18 and registration is open to anyone who wants to get their name in the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Aquatic facilities around the world will host local WLSL gatherings simultaneously. The lesson will take place at 10 a.m. in the Student Recreation Center Natatorium and is expected to last only 30 minutes. Participants should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to begin the lesson on time. Everyone participating will receive a certificate for partaking in a world record.

The purpose of the free event is to promote global awareness of the importance of teaching children how to swim. According to WLSL, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths of children ages 1-14. The SRC Natatorium also hosts Pool Safely Day, which was a huge success last year. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 3 at 10 a.m. Both events promote water safety.

WLSL holds the current world record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson standing at 24,873 participants representing 15 countries in 2012. For more information about WLSL at Texas State and how to register, click here.

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