Local kids try to break World Record for largest swim lesson
Part of a global initiative to prevent drowning
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio kids participated in the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" on Tuesday as a part of a global initiative to prevent drowning this summer.
Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14.
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation department offered a free lesson at pools at six local pools. Kids got the chance to learn life-saving and vital swimming lessons, as well as participate in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
Organizers said while its message is serious, the day was still fun-filled.
"[It] certainly brings out folks who come and utlilize their park and recreation amenities, like pools," said Cris Medina, District 7 City Councilman. "I think it also sends a bigger message about staying fit and enjoying the summer, being safe but having a good time, too."
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities as well as other drowning prevention initiatives work together to bring awareness to the issue.
For more information on how to get your child signed up with swim lessons this summer, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec, or call (210) 207-3299.
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