For Immediate Release: June 7, 2011
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Children Join the City of Henderson For the World's Largest Swim Lesson June 14
HENDERSON, Nev. – On June 14, the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department will take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, a worldwide event designed to break the Guinness World Record for the largest swimming lesson and to spread the word that swimming lessons can save children’s lives.
According to the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, a platform to help aquatic facilities and drowning prevention organizations communicate the importance of teaching children to swim, more than 10,000 children on four continents will be part of the event.
The event will take place during the Department’s regularly scheduled Learn-To-Swim classes, giving children the opportunity to be a part of history if a new world record is achieved. Locations include Black Mountain Aquatic Complex, BMI Outdoor Swimming Pool, Henderson Multigenerational Aquatic Complex, Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, Silver Springs Outdoor Swimming Pool, Wells Outdoor Swimming Pool, and Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex.
“We know that if a child has not learned to swim by the time they enter third grade, they probably never will,” said Brady Dehn, Aquatics manager, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Unfortunately, drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 14 and under. That’s why we have chosen to be part of a global event like the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. It’s a positive way to bring attention to the importance of teaching children how to swim, something we take very seriously.”
For additional information, call 267-4000.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.