What is it?
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ is a promotional event designed to build awareness and generate local and national press attention about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning.
Who is putting this program together?
WLSL is being presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations including: Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Swim Instructors Association, Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Jeff Ellis & Associates, National Aquatic Safety Company, National Recreation and Parks Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Swim For Life Foundation, United States Swim School Association and the World Waterpark Association.
What are we trying to accomplish?
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-14.
What's the schedule for the event?
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 provide local waterparks, community pools and other aquatic facilities with an event that draws attention to this issue, encourages participation in swimming lesson programs and helps spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™
All lessons being conducted as part of The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ must take place simultaneously on Friday, June 20, 2014 to qualify for the world record. The actual lesson will begin at 11 am Eastern Standard Time/ 8 am PT/ 3 pm GMT. Host facilities can register participants well in advance of the event, but also need to allow for time the morning of WLSL to have everyone participating in the event sign their WLSL logbook sheet as required for inclusion in the record count.
How can I participate?
How many facilities will be teaching on the day of the event?
You can get involved with WLSL as a host location or as an individual participant in the lesson. To host a lesson at your facility, just complete the online registration
or search the Host Location list
to find a local WLSL site where you can participate in the lesson or volunteer to help. The list of Host Locations will be posted beginning March 3rd. Updates and additions will be made through the close of registration on May 18th.
Hundreds we hope! The more facilities that participate, the bigger the news story! So, help spread the word! The total number of Host Locations for the WLSL event won't be available until after June 20, 2014.
We want to host a lesson at our facility - what do we do?
Is there a fee to participate?
Facilities interested in being a Host Location for the WLSL should complete the online registration
here at worldslargestswimlesson.org. Registraton opens February 15, 2014.
Once we've received your registration information and release form, you'll have access online to a WLSL Host Location Kit including: the curriculum for the lesson, promotional and press materials to help you drive participation for your event. It explains what your facility needs to do to be included in the record count.
The deadline to register as a Host Location is June 6th.
Yes there is a fee.
How will people know that our facility is participating?
How many instructors do we need to teach our local WLSL Lesson?
The number of instructors needed will depend on how many participants you have. Instructors teaching the lesson at your facility must be certified by a recognized swimming instructor training program.
Do we need to teach a specific curriculum?
Yes. To qualify for the world record, all aquatic facilities participating in WLSL need to teach the same curriculum at the same time for the duration of the 30-minute lesson. The curriculum is being developed by a team of leading water safety and swim instruction professionals and will follow an easy, beginner lesson plan to allow for the broadest participation possible.
How do we qualify as part of the WLSL world record?
Participating Host Location facilities will be responsible for counting, recording and submitting the total number of lesson participants as outlined in the WLSL Host Location Kit to qualify for the record. Each Host facility must have a minimum of 25 participants to qualify. A sample WLSL participant logbook sheet and detailed qualification requirements will be provided to all Host Locations in the WLSL Host Location Kit.
How do we get people to participate in our event?
What can we do to help build awareness about the event and the cause?
All Host Locations will have access to an electronic WLSL Host Location Kit that includes promotion and press materials to help get the word out about their local event. WLSL Host Location promotional materials include:
- Customizable Posters
- Customizable Ads
- Web Banners
- Email Blast template
- Press Release template
- And more
Promote, Promote, Promote!
Here's a sample of the ideas you'll find in the WLSL Host Location Kit
- Put up Posters at your facility and on community bulletin boards at grocery stores, libraries and coffee shops
- Link your website to WorldsLargestSwimmingLesson.org
- Become a fan of the WLSL on Facebook
- Get all your FB friends to become WLSL fans
- Tweet about it
- Personalize and distribute press releases to your local media
- Send out emails to your member lists
- Connect with other aquatic facilities in your local market and work together to build awareness and generate media exposure
- Personalize your local event with fun add-ons like back float competitions or lifeguard training demonstrations
All registered Host Locations will have access to a detailed GWR Host Location Kit outlining what they need to do and how it should be done, to qualify as part of the WLSL June 20th, 2014 GWR submission. Following is a list of FAQs about the process:
What do we need to send in as proof of our participation to be included in the official GWR record submission?
How many people do we need to have in the lesson?
Each host location will be required to submit the following materials as proof of participation to be included in the official GWR submission:
- Use of Materials release form
- Participant Log sheet with witness signature
- Two witness letters
- Photos of the attempt at your facility (required).
- Video of the attempt at your facility (optional).
- News or media coverage highlighting the record attempt
There must be a minimum of 25 participants per location. To be included, all participants, including instructors must sign the official log sheet on the day of the event. The instructor(s) and the pupils taught must remain the same throughout the lesson. If one drops out, they cannot be counted in the total.
Do we need to have a certain number of instructors?
The number of instructors depends on the number of participants. All participants must be taught the same topics simultaneously. Locations can chose to have either one solo instructor or a team of instructors leading different groups of people at the same time. The instructors must be certified by a recognized swimming instructor training program.
Do instructors count for our total number of participants?
Yes. Instructors may be included in the participant count. However, they must sign the official log sheet to be counted. Instructors cannot serve as witnesses for the lesson.
Do we need to have independent witnesses?
Yes, you will be required to submit two separate letters from two witnesses describing the lesson and event that took place at your facility. The witnesses must be independent and may not be employed at your facility.
How long does the lesson last?
The lesson runs 30 minutes from start to finish. A loud start and finish signal recognized by all participants must be used for your official start and end.