CARC to Host World's Largest Swimming Event

Plans are underway at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) for the fourth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) event scheduled for Tuesday, June 18,beginning at 11 a.m. As in previous years, participants will strive to set another Guinness World Record for the largest global simultaneous swimming lesson.

Those who participate in the CARC event will be joining with thousands of children and adults around the world to spread the message of the importance of swimming lessons to help save lives.

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record set last year which stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 different countries across five continents. The 2012 WLSL event generated more than 29 million media impressions, spreading the event’s message.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created as a platform to help aquatic facilities and the many different regional, national, and international water safety organizations work together to communicate the importance of teaching children to swim.

Organizers noted that drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-5, and is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. They also state that participation in formal swimming lessons has been found to reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4.

Participants in the WLSL who are age 18 and under will be able to receive lunch for free and adults will be able to purchase lunch at a fairly low cost through the summer meal program that will be served in the Garrett College Laker Café from noon until 1 p.m.

More information on the organization that sponsors the annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson event is available at

To learn about participation in this year’s WLSL at the CARC, persons may visit or call 301-387-3786.

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