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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