This morning, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM in Orlando proudly hosted the fourth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™. More than 140 guests joined us to set a world record and help save lives by spreading awareness about the importance of water safety.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-14. Research shows that if a child doesn't learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is designed to draw attention to this issue, and encourage participation in swimming lesson programs. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for the fourth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record at 11 a.m. EST.
Among the guests at Aquatica today was U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines who lent a helping hand with the lesson.
And, of course SeaWorld’s animal ambassadors made an appearance to mingle with the participants before the lesson!
All participants ranging in age from 4-12 years old received certificates of completion when the thirty-minute lesson ended, along with the reminder that they were all now world record holders!