Bay City hosts ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson’

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Hilliard Pool will host the “World’s Largest Swim Lesson.”

   Hilliard Pool will serve as an official host location for the 2018 World’s Largest Swim Lesson Thursday, June 21.
   The free of charge swim lesson at the pool, 3020 Le Tulle, will be free of charge. Swim lesson begins at noon, with registration starting at 11 a.m. 
Swimming Lessons Save Lives  
   More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017. 
   Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the message each year with the goal of educating the public about the importance of teaching people to swim and water safety.  
   Since its inception, more than 230,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons.
   The purpose of the lesson? 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. Research shows:
   The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
   Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
   Parents don’t recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water. 

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