• World's Largest Swimming Lesson

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  • SAVE THE DATE!

    10th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Helps Spread the Word Swimming Lessons Save Lives
    as a Bronze Level Supporting Organization For TEAM WLSL™

     

    WHAT:

    Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson serves as a crucial platform to help the aquatics industry fight childhood drowning by building awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim.

    WHEN:

    The WLSL event takes place over the course of 24 hours on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Timing for local events varies depending on location.

    WHERE:

    Local WLSL events take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 different countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours.

    WHY:

    The purpose of the event? Provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce is joining TEAM WLSL™ for its 10th anniversary of their mission to spread the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to millions of kids and adults to help prevent drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for kids 1-4 in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.

    Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce encourages aquatic facilities and trainers in the local community to help parents connect the dots between learning to swim and staying safer in and around the water. Registration for host locations opens February 14, 2019 at www.WLSL.org.

    Current Participating Facilities:
    Miramar Aquatic Complex: 6920 SW 35 Street, Miramar, FL 33023
    Miramar Regional Park Aquatic Complex: 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33025

    About The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

    Since its inception, more than 278,000 children and adults have participated in lifesaving WLSL lessons, generating more than a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. Learn more about this phenomenal program by visiting www.WLSL.org.

    BACKGROUND

     

    • The problem is real: Per the CDC, 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 14; drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world.
       
    • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
       
    • Parental supervision is key: According to Safe Kids Worldwide 2016 report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.
       
    • Swimming lessons make a difference: Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children age 1-4 by up to 88%. According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), more than 9 in 10 Americans (95 percent) believe it is important for children to learn how to swim at an early age.
       
    • Males and minorities are at the most risk: Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male and the fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 4 to 14 is almost 3 times that of white children in the same age group.
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