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On Thursday, June 21, Zoombezi Bay will join forces with the world’s top water safety and training organizations to serve a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
The event will go from 10-10:30 a.m. and Zoombezi Bay is just one of an estimated 600 locations around the world participating. The different locations will simultaneously offer a basic, 30-minute swimming instruction to kids ages 2 through 12 years old. The attendance from Zoombezi Bay and all of the other aquatic facilities will be totaled in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
Learning to swim is more than just a summer safety concern. My swimming adventures started in 1991 at the Columbus Aquatic Center and it was a total game changer. I spent my summers in lakes, creeks, and pools, splashing around while my parents had the benefit of knowing I knew how to swim safely.
That peace of mind is exactly what these swim lessons offer.
“At Zoombezi Bay, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate as one of the host sites for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,” said Logan Harris, Zoombezi Bay Aquatics Manager. “This event is such an important preventative effort and is just one small step that we can take to help raise awareness and educate the public about this very real issue of drowning in our communities. Whether you’re going on vacation to the beach or visiting your local pool this summer, having skills and confidence in the water is key to ensuring one’s safety.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) lists drowning as a leading cause of death in children and a “highly preventable public health challenge.” The WHO encourages tons of interventions to prevent drowning, including teaching school-age children basic swimming skills.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-4 and is the second leading cause for children under 14. Events like the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson help tackle what the World Health Organization (WHO) lists as a leading cause of death and a “highly preventable public health challenge.” The WHO encourages a variety of interventions to prevent drowning, including teaching school-age children basic swimming skills.
To encourage participation, Zoombezi Bay is offering participants a discounted entry of $10, which includes access to the entire water park following the lesson as well as Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. (Regular admission prices apply to those accompanying the swimmers; children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a guardian.) The lesson is free for season pass holders.
If you’re looking to skip the commute and parking fees, consider taking the kids on the COTA. For more info about the COTA Zoo Bus schedule, click here.
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