The St. Cloud Parks and Recreation will host the World’s Largest Swim Lesson at 10am on July 31st.

The purpose of the event is to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim in order to prevent drowning. 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 U.S. children ages 1-14.

Research shows risk of drowning can be reduced by 88 percent if children participate in formal swimming lessons between the ages of 1-4. Yet, a survey conducted by the American Red Cross in 2014 found that more than half of Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. Let’s work together and help bring change!

Those interested in participating can sign up online for their private session at the Chris Lyle Aquatic Center by clicking on this link, or follow up on the city’s Facebook page for a virtual lesson that you may view from home while still participating.