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Celebrating 100 Years of Water Safety

Red Cross Oregon Trail Water Safety
Swimming is a life-saving skill for children. It is also an essential tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14.

This year the American Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of water safety programs and training. As part of this observance, we are pleased to join some of the nation’s top water safety and training organizations to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson. This event aims to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim. At 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time ( 3 p.m. GMT) on Friday, June 20, 2014, water parks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local swim lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children. It is also an essential tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson was created to engage local community aquatic facilities in a national effort to promote water safety and drowning prevention.

In Oregon and Southwest Washington, nearly 20 local aquatic centers will teach water safety tips and skills to 1,500 children whose families cannot afford swimming lessons. The number of children taught locally will be added to the total number from this global event in attempts to break a Guinness World Record.