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OC helps set world record for swimming lesson

June 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some southern California kids helped set a world record Thursday, taking part in the world's largest simultaneous swim lesson. Swimmers donned suits at 7 a.m. at the Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin. The group was part of the estimated 10,000 people on four continents who splashed their way into the record books. More than 175 aquatic facilities, from Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando, Florida, to a community center in Zambia took part.

The global event was created by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations to build awareness about the importance of teaching kids to swim. According to WorldsLargestSwimmingLesson.org drowning is the second leading cause of accidental, injury-related death of children ages 1-14.

Further research shows that if children don't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics relaxed its stance on swimming lessons, saying it's fine to enroll children as young as one in classes.

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