July 28, 2014

Make a splash! Nebraska pools take part in world’s record attempt

Students in at least six Nebraska swimming pools will be taking part in today’s attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.

Pools in Gordon, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, South Sioux City and Rushville are among those in 46 states and 24 countries on five continents taking part in the world’s record attempt.

They’ll be holding simultaneous lessons at 10 AM/Central. Debbi Cooper, a regional coordinator for the event, says the half-hour lessons will cover the basics.

“For beginners, all the way down to blowing bubbles to how to stay safe in the water, never swim alone,” Cooper says. “They’ll be doing front floats, back floats and maybe even get into the crawl and back stroke and things like that.”

The goal, she says, is to convince parents learning to swim is important.

Cooper says, “Drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and five and it’s shown that if a child does not participate in swimming lessons by third grade, chances are, they never will learn to swim.”

A study from the Archive of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine showed participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88-percent reduction in the risk of drowning in children between one and four.

Learn more at: www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org