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Join the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Water Safety
Water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the world will host lessons simultaneously on June 18.

Some people bake a 12-ton pizza or juggle while running backwards. But on June 18, people across the U.S. and around the world will try to break a different kind of Guinness World Record—The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

The American Red Cross will join the nation's top water safety and training organizations to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) on Tuesday, June 18, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Many aquatic facilities that teach Red Cross swimming programs are participating in the event. Check the WLSL website for events in your area.

Water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the world will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously that day at 11 a.m. ET in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. If it succeeds, it may end up being the splash heard ‘round the world!

In 2012, more than 24,000 kids and adults from 15 countries participated in the event, setting a new Guinness World Record.

If you can’t make it to The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson this year, Red Cross programs help people of various ages and abilities learn how to swim and be safe around the water. The courses combine swimming instruction with a strong emphasis on drowning prevention and water safety.

The Red Cross also offers professional lifeguard, water safety instructor, and lifeguarding instructor courses. To find classes for you and your family, contact your local aquatic facility and ask for American Red Cross programs.

For those with their own home pools and hot tubs, the Red Cross offers Home Pool Essentials™: Maintenance and Safety, an online safety course. Jointly developed by the Red Cross and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF), the course teaches home pool owners the basics of pool and hot tub maintenance along with strategies for creating a safer environment. To register, go to

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.