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Loyola joins in attempt for largest swim lesson record

Loyola press release - June 14, 2013

When Loyola University New Orleans summer campers return to school in the fall, hopefully they will be able to tell their classmates they helped break a world record.

Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m., in the University Sports Complex, approximately 80 children participating in Loyola’s summer day camp will join tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world for the fourth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™.

Loyola participated last year and helped break the record, which stands at 24,873 participants representing 15 different countries across five continents. The lesson includes 30 minutes of basic swim instruction.

The event will help draw attention to swimming safety, especially among children. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in five people who die from drowning are children 14 years old and younger. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among 1- to 4-year-olds, yet many children do not receive formal swimming or water safety training, the CDC reports.

For more information, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888.