World’s Largest Swim Lesson takes place Thursday

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s parks and recreation department’s aquatics division will join forces with more than 190 water safety and training organizations from more than 30 states and six different countries to present The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, at the Marie Kerr Park pool, 2723 Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Children aged 1 through 17 are especially encouraged to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Early registration is encouraged as the event is limited to 50 children.

Participants may register online at, by visiting the parks and recreation office at 38260 10th St. East in Palmdale, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by emailing

“We had a nice turnout last year for this important event that helps build awareness about how vital it is to teach children how to swim to help prevent drowning,” said Head Lifeguard Andrew Shore.

“Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 through 14,” said Shore. “Summer is here and water recreation will be a huge part of kids’ activities over the next few months.  With research showing us that if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will, the WLSL is a great platform to help local community aquatic facilities such as ours tell this important story.”

The WLSL is being presented by a coalition of the nation’s leading water safety and training organizations including: Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Swimming Hall of Fame, International Swim Instructors Association, Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, Jeff Ellis & Associates, National Aquatic Safety Company, National Recreation and Parks Association, Starfish Aquatics Institute, Swim For Life Foundation, United States Swim School Association and the World Waterpark Association.

For more information about the WLSL, visit  For more information about the WLSL event in Palmdale, contact the parks and recreation office at 661-267-5611 or by email at

(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)