The seventh annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) kicked of at various locations around the world Friday.
In Colusa County, Arbuckle welcomed new swimmers at the Arbuckle Community Pool Friday afternoon.
This is the third year that Arbuckle has participated in WLSL, hosted by the Arbuckle Parks and Recreations to bring awareness and prevention to drowning deaths of children.
“We had 71 participants this year,” said Mary Grimmer, Arbuckle Parks and Recreation Director.
Grimmer commented that attendance was down compared to last year.
“We had 250 participants last year,” said Grimmer, “I think because the event was held on a Friday, people were out of town.”
The event which is regulated by the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson organization regulates the dates.
This year’s WLSL event took place over the course of 24 hours allowing individual locations to conduct the lesson anytime they choose on the 24th.
According to the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under the age of 14. Not surprisingly, the number of drowning and near-drowning incidents increases during the summer months and is highest during the month of June. While research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.
Since its inception, more than 155,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim.
For more information about the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson visit http://www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org/