World's Largest Swimming Lesson coming to 12 pools in Tampa

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 15:11:09-04

TAMPA — The World's Largest Swimming Lesson is coming to Tampa this month.

The event takes place around the world, and more than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries participated in 2017.

The purpose of the lesson is to provide kids and parents with exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning.

The event will be held on June 21 starting at 10 a.m. at all 12 City of Tampa swimming pools:

•    Bobby Hicks Pool, 4201 W Mango Ave., 33616
•    Copeland Pool, 11001 N 15th St., 33612
•    Cuscaden Pool, 2900 N 15th St., 33605
•    Cyrus Greene Pool, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., 33603
•    Danny Del Rio Pool, 10105 N Boulevard, 33603
•    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool, 2200 N. Oregon Ave., 33607
•    Interbay Pool, 4321 Estrella Ave., 33629
•    Loretta Ingraham Pool, 1611 N Hubert Ave., 33607
•    Roy Jenkins Pool, 154 Columbia Dr., 33606
•    Spicola Family Pool, 2615 E Corrine St., 33605
•    Sulphur Springs Pool, 701 E Bird St., 33604
•    Williams Park Pool, 4362 E Osborne Ave., 33610

Registration for the event will take place prior to the beginning of the lessons (9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.) at the locations.

“Learning to swim is one of the most valuable ways we can help protect the youth of the City of Tampa,” said Parks & Recreation Director Paul Dial. “In addition, it is a healthy and fun skill for life!”

In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans either couldn't swim or didn't have all the basic swimming skills.