June 14, 2011

Additional Information


On Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). Castaway Cove is an official Host Location for the 2011 WLSL record-setting event, taking place at 10:00 AM central time.

There is no cost for anyone to participate in the The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ event.  Registration for the will begin at 9:00 AM on June 14th at Castaway Cove with the lesson beginning promptly at 10:00 AM and ending before the park opens at 11:00 AM. All registrants will receive a certificate of participation.  The maximum number that can register for the lesson is 50.  Additional guests can watch the lesson.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and 3 continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.

The WLSL program works to promote drowning prevention through education by focusing the energy of thousands of participants on a clear and specific message all at the same time. In 2010, aquatic facilities, from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon near Orlando, Florida to swim schools in Orange Country, CA, to parks & recreation centers in the Bronx, to locations in Mexico, Dubai and the USAG Humphreys in South Korea, all taught the same swimming lesson at the same time with one goal in mind  – send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Gold Medalists’ Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are official spokespeople for the
WLSL event for the second year 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.

“It is so important to draw attention to this issue,” says Ed Michel, Castaway Cove’s Sales & Marketing Manager, “particularly at the beginning of the summer season. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ is a perfect way to bring the message to life for kids and parents.”