The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is an official host location of the 2019 World’s Largest Swim Lesson.
On Thursday, June 20th, 2019, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the ninth year in a row to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. ™ A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will celebrate its 10th anniversary with events taking place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the event at all twelve swimming pools.
WHO: Mayor Castor, instructors, and little swimmers
WHAT: World’s Largest Swim Lesson
WHERE: Sulphur Springs Pool, 701 E Bird St., 33604
WHEN: Thursday, June 20th at 9:45 a.m.
The pool locations are:
- Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W Mango Ave., 33616
- Copeland Pool, 11001 N 15th St., 33612
- Cuscaden Pool, 2900 N 15th St., 33605
- Cyrus Greene Pool, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., 33603
- Danny Del Rio Pool, 10105 N Boulevard, 33603
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool, 2200 N. Oregon Ave., 33607
- Interbay Pool, 4321 Estrella Ave., 33629
- Loretta Ingraham Pool, 1611 N Hubert Ave., 33607
- Roy Jenkins Pool, 154 Columbia Dr., 33606
- Spicola Family Pool, 2615 E Corrine St., 33605
- Sulphur Springs Pool, 701 E Bird St., 33604
- Williams Park Pool, 4362 E Osborne Ave., 33610
Registration for the event will take place prior to the beginning of the lessons (9 am – 9:45 am) at locations.
The purpose of the lesson? Provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Program organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:
- The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
- Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills.
- Parents don't recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide 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.
More than 41,814 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2018. Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message each year.
About The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™
WLSL was created as a platform to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Each year, WLSL events provide more than 20,000 man hours of water safety training in a single day. Since its inception, more than 230,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons. Organizers hope to make more than one billion people aware of the importance of enrolling children in swim lessons by 2019. WLSL.org