Castaway Cove Waterpark teaching kids to swim, bringing awareness to drowning

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Staff members at Castaway Cove Waterpark are trying to teach kids to swim in hopes it saves more lives.

Kids packed the water park Thursday morning for the world's largest swimming lesson. Workers did not just teach kids to swim.

They also tried to set a world record. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for the eighth year in a row to make noise that swimming lesson's save lives.

It is a global event that will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries.

"We are trying to bring awareness to the importance of swim lessons, knowing how to swim, and teaching the kids safety around the water," Castaway Cove Manager, Debi Fleetwood said.

"The main thing is to know that you should never swim alone if you're under 18," Fleetwood added. "We want all the kids to know that you need a buddy and your parents need to know you're in the water."

This event is so important to the water park because in the United States drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related deaths for children ages one through four, and the second leading cause of accidental deaths for children under 14.

The research also shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88-percent among children ages one through four.

Last year the worldwide event included over 40,000 participants from 24 different countries. Castaway Cove Waterpark plans on taking part in the event again next year.

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