World record swimming lesson

Children watch a swim instructor at Water World in this Eagle file photo.

Dothan’s Leisure Services will be providing a free swimming lesson on Thursday, June 20, as part of an event dubbed the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

During the free event, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will participate in the lesson that will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries, according to a press release from the City of Dothan’s Leisure Services.

The swimming lesson begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the pools at Andrew Belle, Walton Park and Wiregrass Park recreation centers.

Drowning remains the leading cause of unintended injury-related death for children ages 1-4, 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% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 334-615-3755 or visit

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