PHOTO: Getting ready for last year’s attempt. | SUBMITTED PHOTO
Kids out of school and already saying they’re bored?
Well, here’s something that’ll keep them busy and help send out a positive message.
KeyLime Cove in Gurnee will be one of the locations globally taking part in a global attempt to set a Guinness record for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. And you can’t have a lesson without students, right?
This year’s lesson is taking place at 10 a.m. CST Thursday (June 18). But registration will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in front of the waterpark. First come, first served and space is limited to the resort’s capacity. Some 300 persons took part in last year’s attempt (which was successful, by the way, with 36,564 participants in 22 different countries.)
The 30-minute lesson will begin at 10. And here’s a pretty good deal; afterwards you can stay and use the waterpark until 1 p.m.
While the event has its fun side, it’s also used to promote the importance of swim lessons. Sadly, drowning remains the second-leading cause of accidental death in children who are under 14. The USA Swimming Federation says formal swim lessons cut the risk dramatically.