TEMPE, AZ - Children and water make devastating and all too common headlines during the summer months, but on Friday, June 20 several locations in the Phoenix area and throughout Arizona will try to combat the tragedies of drowning by teaching people how to swim.
Thirteen aquatic facilities around the Valley, and one in Tucson, will be participating in the "World’s Largest Swimming Lesson" to highlight drowning prevention, all while trying to set a Guinness World Record. Last year, 432 facilities in 13 different countries helped 32,450 participants learn how to swim.
According to the City of Phoenix, there have been 31 incidents of drowning with 10 fatalities including 6 children since the beginning of the year.
At 8 a.m. Phoenix time, the swim lessons and water safety classes will begin.
Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe will also be attempting to break their own Guinness World Record set last year for most participants, 906, at one site. The waterpark will also allow all participants to play at the park at no cost. The lessons are also free. Those interested in participating at Big Surf can still register .
Suzy’s Swim & Fitness Zone (85140)
Chaparral Aquatic Center (85260)
Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix (85310)
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (85254)
Aviano Community Association (85050)
Vistancia Village Association (85383)
Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (85034)
Mountain Bridge Owners Club (85207)
Litchfield Park (85340)
Palm Island Family Aquatics Park (85122)
Hubbard Family Swim School (85032)
Big Surf Waterpark (85281)
SWIMkids USA (85202)
University of Arizona Campus Recreation Department (85721)