The World's Largest Swimming Lesson and World Record attempt at Typhoon Lagoon tomorrow

Jun 02, 2010 in "Typhoon Lagoon"

Posted: Wednesday June 2, 2010 6:45am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ is an event that is being presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations, including the World Waterpark Association. The event takes place June 3 beginning at 10 a.m. at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

It was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. The event culminates National Water Safety Month – a month long initiative that took place in May to support ongoing public education on water safety and always being water aware.

More than 150 aquatic facilities, from Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park to swim schools in Orange County, California, to community centers in the Bronx, as well as locations as far reaching as Zambia, Lebanon, Dubai, and the USAG Humphreys in South Korea are expected to participate.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park has been designated as the official headquarters location for the international event that will set a Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted.

Gold Medalist’s Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are championing the WLSL effort to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness
and training. As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.

Gaines, 11-time world record holder and “voice of American swimming” for the Olympic Games, will be master of ceremonies for the WLSL event at Typhoon Lagoon. “I’m thrilled to be working with The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ to help spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™,” said Gaines. “Learning to swim and the exposure to the water safety messages that swimming lessons offer provide a fundamental first step for drowning prevention.”

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