16 June 2014

The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City will join other top water safety and training organizations in the nation and host The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), Friday, June 20, 2014, to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 20, waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously at 8 am Pacific Standard Time in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The 30-minute lesson is free for children ages 1-14.  The Kroc Center will offer parents the opportunity to sign up for additional swimming classes during the summer.

Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and various national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

This will be the fifth year consecutively in which Team WLSL has attempted to set or break a record. Event organizers say they had more than 32,000 participants in last year’s attempt.

"At the Kroc Center we believe that water safety is essential, particularly this time of year,” said Capt. Jonathan Harvey, Salvation Army Solano County Coordinator. “While it will be fun to break the record, we hope this will encourage our community to participate in swim lessons and make water activities safe and fun.”

The Salvation Army Kroc Center will have at least 10 instructors on hand, but it is looking for more volunteer instructors to assist with the event. For more information about volunteering or WLSL participation, please call (707) 439-7899.

To learn more about the Kroc Center, visit gokroc.org.