Daytona Lagoon Takes Part in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event

On June 21, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for the ninth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson to raise awareness for swim safety. In Daytona Beach, Daytona Lagoon, Urban Surf and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA teamed up to host the global event and bring critical swimming lessons to 50 underserviced kids in the local community.

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA taught a free, 30-minute swim lesson to the kids, ages 5 to 15 in Daytona Lagoon’s wave pool. Urban Surf 4 Kids followed the swim lesson with an exciting surfing demonstration.

“Daytona Lagoon is honored to partner with the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and Urban Surf 4 Kids to bring the World’s Largest Swim Lesson’s critical swim safety message to our local community,” said Tyler Currie, General Manager for Daytona Lagoon. “Drowning is a preventable tragedy and we must all work together to ensure every child and parent has access to lifesaving water safety resources.”

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA’s six branches also participated in the WLSL. Every child who completed the swim lesson at Daytona Lagoon or at one of the local Y branches, received a free ticket to enjoy Daytona Lagoon’s water park.

“It’s never too early to get children involved in swimming—it’s important for safety reasons, but also a great way to keep them active and healthy,” said Ginni Heirs, Director of Aquatics, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, “Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. The Y is thrilled to partner with Daytona Lagoon & Urban Surf to help spread awareness about water safety with the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.”

Tragically, in the U.S. 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.

“Urban Surf 4 Kids is beyond grateful to partner with Daytona Lagoon and the Volusia Flagler Family YCMA to bring water safety awareness to our community through the World’s Largest Swim Lesson,” said Debora Stewart, co-founder, Urban Surf 4 Kids. “By working together to provide the local community with free swim lessons, we can prevent drowning and save lives."

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