Pune: On Thursday, tens of thousands of children and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the eighth year in a row, to give a message that ‘swimming lessons save lives.’
A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries with the goal of generating one billion media impressions by 2019.
The Rashtriya Life Saving Society (RLSS), India will be serving as an official host location facility for the WLSL 2017 event, at both their facilities in Pune, at Divisional Sports Complex, Opposite Moze School, Shastry Nagar and Bapusaheb Kedari Jaltarang Talav, near Shivarkar Garden, Shivarkar Marg, Wanawadi.
The RLSS has invited parents and people living or associated with water to join them for a free lesson in water safety and swimming on June 22 between 4 pm and 7 pm.
Since its inception, more than 1,95,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim.
In the 2016 WLSL event, 40,298 participants from 24 countries. The event has entered the Guinness World Records for six years in succession.
Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 per cent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many children do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.