San Diegans to dive into 'world's largest swimming lesson'

Posted at 10:40 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 13:40:26-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diegans will dive into local pools across the county Thursday in efforts to help prevent childhood drowning.

More than 45,000 kids at about 700 waterparks, pools, and schools will participate in the nationwide "World's Largest Swim Lesson" event.

In San Diego, more than 30 locations are participating:

The ultimate goal of the event, as the title states, is to make sure every child, man, and woman learn to swim.

The event, in its ninth year, hopes to raise awareness for the importance of teaching children and parents how to be safe around pools, especially as the summer begins.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children ages 1 to 14. More near drownings also take place in June than any other month, the CDC says.