Ole Miss Campus Recreation invites all children and their families to participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday (June 24) at the Turner Center swimming pool.
The free event is part of a worldwide effort to promote swimming safety and the importance of swim lessons, said Mark Garneau, University of Mississippi aquatics director.
Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4, and Mississippi ranks third nationally for drownings, Garneau said.
In an effort to combat that statistic, Turner Center instructors will provide informational sessions on deep water survival, swim stroke refinement and pool safety. Time also will be provided for fun swimming for all participants.
This is the second year Ole Miss has participated in this event. Last year, about 200 children and their families took advantage of the free opportunity at the Turner Center.
Thousands of children around the world will participate in the event over the 24-hour period at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries.
Ole Miss faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the event, open to children at least 6 months old and their families.
Though registration is not required, an RSVP is helpful to Turner Center staff. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.