On Thursday, June 23, 2022 Powell Wellness Center will be a host site for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL) from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm.

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson is held to promote the importance of swim lessons to support water safety. Now in its 13th year, this global event will be taking place at hundreds of aquatic centers, swim schools and waterparks.

“We are very glad to return as a host site for this fun event with a serious focus,” observes PWC aquatics director Stacey Aucoin. “With many pool closures and lack of lesson availability during 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, it is even more important to focus on swim skills.” A 2021 research released by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that drowning has become the leading cause of unintended death for US children ages 1-4.

Powell’s event is for adults & children who would like an introduction to swim skills and water safety. The event begins at noon, and from 12:30-1:30 pm age-based groups will participate in a circuit of activities in the pool such as a skills assessment and learning to float. They’ll then use their new skills to enjoy a rubber duck float game in the center’s lazy river.

During the event’s wrap up from 1:30 – 2 pm, young participants are welcome to enter Powell’s water safety coloring contest by drawing a picture of a water safety tip (contest judging will take place on June 24). Refreshments will be available.