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Join world’s largest swim lesson

BY CHRISTINA STEUBE

University of Mississippi

If you haven’t been a part of something that created a world record, consider coming out Friday for fun and a swim.

Ole Miss Campus Recreation will host children and their families in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Turner Center swimming pool.

The free event is part of a worldwide effort to promote swimming safety and the importance of swim lessons, said Mark Garneau, University of Mississippi aquatics director.

Drowning is the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4, and Mississippi ranks third nationally for drownings, Garneau said.

In an effort to combat that statistic, Turner Center instructors will provide informational sessions on deep water survival, swim stroke refinement and pool safety. Time also will be provided for fun swimming for all participants.

This is the second year Ole Miss has participated in this event. Last year, about 200 children and their families took advantage of the free opportunity at the Turner Center.

Thousands of children around the world will participate in the event over the 24-hour period at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries.

Ole Miss faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in the event, open to children at least 6 months old and their families.