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Posted on: June 15, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Aqua Center to serve as host location for world record attempt, June 18

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On Thursday, June 18, 2015, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the sixth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record.™ The global record attempt for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place at 10 a.m. wherever you are.

Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record™ for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 36,564 participants representing 22 different countries. The 2014 WLSL event generated more than 50 million media impressions, spreading the event's important message to hundreds of thousands of families.

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

The Park Forest Aqua Center will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the WLSL 2015 event. Sign-up will take place from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. at the Park Forest Aqua Center, 30 N. Orchard Drive, in Park Forest, Illinois. All participants must be registered and on the swim deck by 9:55 a.m. Swim lessons begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Admission for this event is free.

Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting WLSL.org. More information about the Park Forest Aqua Center is available at www.villageofparkforest.com/aquacenter.

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