Woman in a Swimming PoolAdults and children from the Joplin area will have their chance to make the Guinness World Records next Tuesday, June 18 at Missouri Southern State University.

That morning, thousands of people  around the world will participate in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL).  Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 24, 873 participants representing 15 countries across five continents.

The community is invited to the WLSL Event at the MSSU Aquatic & Racquetball Center in Young Gymnasium. Enter in Door 13 on the south side of the building.

Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must bring their own swimming suit and towel and goggles, if desired. 

No pre-registration is necessary. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

This event is open to children & adults of all ages, as long as they can understand the directions given and attempt the skills (they do not have to be performed successfully).  Younger children may take part but must be able to swim in water of 4 feet in depth (the shallowest part of the MSSU pool) or be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

The WLSL world record attempt begins at exactly 10 a.m., to be synchronized with the effort worldwide.

The event will last approximately 30 minutes and will be synchronized with the same effort in other cities around the nation and the world.  Participants must take part in the entire effort to count toward the total.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL)  was created to spread the world that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. Tragically, drowning is the leading cause of unintended injury-related death of children ages 1-5.  Research shows if children don’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will.

For more information, contact Heather Arnold, Director of Aquatics & Wellness, at (417) 625-9533 or email arnold-h@mssu.edu


Timeline for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
June 18, 2013 – Missouri Southern State University

10 a.m. –
Introduction of Event Guidelines, Lesson Objectives & Instructors

10:02 a.m. –
Safety – General Overview of Water Safety Awareness Messages and Key Skills

10:05 a.m. –
Overview of Safe Entry into Water and a Review of Entry Hazards

10:08 a.m. –
Breathing/Submerging – Learn to Comfortably Submerge Face and Hold Breath Underwater

10:15 a.m. –
Floating- Teach Front/Back Floating Skills (assisted or unassisted based on swimmer skill level)

10:22 a.m. –
Strokes – Teach Basic Locomotion and Stroke Component Skills

10:30 a.m. –
Lesson Concludes