On an overcast morning that would not typically attract swimmers to the pool and would later give way to rain, 103 kids of various ages came to Columbia Association’s (CA) River Hill Pool to get a free swim lesson — and to help try to break a world record on the process.
On June 18, people in more than 500 pools, including 46 states, 24 countries and five continents, pooled their efforts for an attempt at the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson world record.
CA instructors and lifeguards were present at River Hill for the lesson.
“Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-14,” according to the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson website. “Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.”
2012 brought a record number of 24,873 participants worldwide. This year’s total was not yet available.
Columbia Association’s commitment to safe swimming continues throughout the year with its Columbia Swims program, which offers $2 lessons on water safety and introductory swimming instruction. These lessons are held at Faulkner Ridge Pool (Sundays, 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m.) and Talbott Springs Pool (Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 5 to 6 p.m.).
Register in person at those two pools, or by calling 410-312-6332 or going online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. The $2 price is for CA members or residents with the free Columbia Card. Lessons for non-members and non-cardholders are $8.
More photos from River Hill are below.
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