Yesterday, June 14, I had the chance to be a part of the global water safety event known as the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Each year since 2010, swimmers around the world have come together simultaneously to break the record and promote the importance of swim lessons. At Blue Buoy Swim School, in Tustin, CA, there were officially 106 enthusiastic young participants. Blue Buoy, owned by Johnny Johnson, was one of many host locations around the world. The lesson started promptly at the appointed time (8 AM PT) and several media crews were on hand to watch as swimmers jumped in.
Adding to the festivities, WLSL spokesperson and Olympic Champion Janet Evans was on hand to inspire young swimmers and share the water safety message. She was joined by the Orange County (Calif.) Fire Authority.
Water safety and drowning prevention "is probably the most important issue [pool operators] have," said Evans.
Several other Olympians and Olympic hopefuls were on hand as well. Two time Olympian Julie Swail Ertel participated with her young twins, and 14-year-old swimmer Courtney Mykkanen gave a quick demo. She'll be competing along with Evans in the 2012 Olympic Trials later this month.
Check out the photos from WLSL here.