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'World's Largest Swimming Lesson' to be Friday in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Tens of thousands of swimmers from around the world -- including some in Iowa City -- will be teaming up to help prevent childhood drowning by participating in the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" on Friday.

Participants will also attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson ever conducted for its fifth year in a row.

City Park Pool, located on Park Road in Upper City Park, will be serving as an official host location facility. The event will start at 10 a.m.

Team World's Largest Swimming Lesson holds the current Guinness World Record, set last year, for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants hosted by 432 facilities in 13 countries.

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson was created to help aquatic facilities as well as regional, national and international water safety organizations work together to communicate the importance of teaching children to swim.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 through 5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows taking formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4.

To learn more, visit www.wlsl.org. You also contact Parks and Recreation Aquatic Supervisor Matthew Eckhardt at 319-887-6117 or matthew-eckhardt@iowa-city.org.

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