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Twin Cities Residents Gather for Fourth Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson
MINNEAPOLIS – () – Hundreds of Twin Cities children gathered Friday afternoon at North Commons Water Park for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, learning life-saving techniques and raising water safety awareness.
As part of a partnership between Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, lifeguards and instructors taught 300 children of all ages and abilities various crucial skills. Two 30-minute lessons covered entering and exiting the water, breathing and submerging, floating, and proper swimming strokes.
"Swimming lessons aren’t just a life skill; they’re a life-saving skill,” said Abbey’s Hope co-founder and president Katey Taylor. “All kids should know how to swim.” The fourth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was held at North Commons Water Park for the first time. The event was one of an estimated 500 in more than 20 different countries. Tragically, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Studies show participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1-4.
“The Minneapolis Park and Recreation is excited about the opportunity to bring the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, along with Abbey’s Hope, to the North Commons Water Park,” said Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board aquatics coordinator Sarah Chillo. “It’s important for us to share this message that swimming lessons save lives.”
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