Western’s Aquatic Center Participates in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson  

Western’s Aquatic Center Participates in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson  

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson drew 184 participants to the WWCC pool last week.

ROCK SPRINGS — The Western Wyoming Community College Aquatic was the location of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) last Thursday afternoon as part of a global event aimed at teaching water safety and awareness.

The event was hosted at hundreds of sites across the country, including Western’s campus which had 184 participants.

The event last Thursday was the 13th annual WLSL global event were tens of thousands of children and adults participate. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.

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Children learned general pool and water safety rules such as “reach or throw- don’t go,” calling for a grown-up or lifeguard to help, how to use various rescue reaching tools, and swimming while wearing life jackets during the event.

“We enjoy participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson every year. We have won plaques, backpacks, and stereos in the past for our involvement,” said Western Aquatic Center Manager Cindy Hafner. “The lifeguards and instructors really get involved and make it fun for the swimmers. All children should be periodically reminded of the potential dangers around water and how to be safe in and around the water.” 

For more information about the program and Western’s Aquatic Center contact Hafner at chafner@westernwyoming.edu call 307-382-1694.