CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH, TEAM WLSL GEAR UP FOR WORLD'S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSON ON 6/21
WPB’s Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center to Serve as Official Host Location
WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 19, 2018) – On Thursday, June 21st, 2018, tens of thousands of children and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the ninth consecutive year to send the message that swimming lessons save lives, and West Palm Beach residents are invited to participate in this global event! The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries with the goal of generating 1 billion media impressions.
The City of West Palm Beach Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center, located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue, will serve as an official host location on June 21, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Residents who are interested in participating are invited to do so by signing in at the pool. It is expected that as many as 60 West Palm Beach children will participate in WLSL at this location. Residents who are interested in participating in WLSL may learn more by visiting http://www.wlsl.org.
Tragically, in the U.S., drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related deaths for children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1-4. Yet, many children do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.
The City of West Palm Beach Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center offers swim lessons for children and adults of all swimming abilities. For more information, please call the Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center at (561) 804-4961 or visit: http://wpb.org/cityfun/locations/warren-hawkins-aquatic-center/.
Since the inception of WLSL, more than 235,000 children and adults have participated to raise awareness about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2017 WLSL event included 41,068 participants from 26 countries.