YWCA Clinton to host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

CLINTON — YWCA Clinton will join tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world to share the message that "Swimming Lessons Save Lives."

On June 21, YWCA Clinton will serve as an official Host Location Facility for this year’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, and will provide a free basic swimming lesson to kids and adults alike at the YWCA downtown pool. The free lesson will be from 7 to 7:30 p.m. June 21, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Those interested are encouraged to pre-register at YWCA Clinton or by calling 242-2110.

Taught by YWCA Clinton swim instructors, the WLSL event will 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.

Now in its ninth year, the WLSL is a global event taking place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries. Since its inception, more than 235,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons, spreading the word about the vital importance of learning to swim.

In the U.S., drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children 1 to 4 years old, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

To learn more about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson event at YWCA Clinton, visit ywcaclinton.org. To pre-register for the WLSL event, stop by or call the YWCA at 242-2110.