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12th annual ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’, June 17, 2021

Organisers Of The WLSL Event Announce Its #21in21 Campaign To Share The Message That Swimming Lessons Save Lives

Now in its 12th year, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) serves as a crucial platform for the aquatics industry to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. With a whole year of learn to swim programs having been lost in 2020, the need to provide children with access to formal swimming lessons this summer is more important than ever.
“A dire consequence of the pool closures created by the 2020 pandemic is that millions of children did not have the chance to begin swimming lessons as they normally would,” said Rick Root, President of the World Waterpark Association, founding organisation of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

As waterparks, aquatic centres, Y’s and swim schools return to a more normal operating schedule in 2021, TEAM WLSL is unveiling a new #21in21 campaign to encourage host locations of all sizes to get back on deck for the WLSL event on 17th June, 2021.
Whether facilities are able to host just 21 swimmers and their parents due to social distancing protocols or 2,100 because the whole community is in full-swing, organizers are encouraging as many locations as possible to participate in this year’s program.
“Over the last 11 years of hosting the WLSL event, we’ve learned we can make a real difference in our communities if we all work together,” said Root. “By committing to the #21in21 campaign, we can get kids and families back on track to being water aware by participating in life-saving swim lessons.”

Aquatic facilities and trainers in the local community are encouraged to help parents connect the dots between learning to swim and staying safer in and around the water. Registration for host locations opens April 1, 2021 at

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