Event Designed to Raise Drowning Awareness
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattler Aquatic Center is participating in a global effort to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.
The event will take place this Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. in the Rattler Aquatic Center, located at 1845 Wahnish Way in Tallahassee, and is free and open to the public.
The swimming lesson, which will occur simultaneously with aquatics and recreation centers in 18 different countries, is hosted by the World Waterpark Association and is designed to build awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim in order to prevent drowning.
According to Jorge Olaves, director of the Rattler Aquatic Center, FAMU is joining the effort with a goal to educate the community on why learning to swim is an invaluable life skill. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths for children age 5 and under, and has become a growing issue of concern in minority populations.
“Seventy percent of the African-American and Hispanic population are at high risk for drowning, so it’s important for us to promote swimming,” said Olaves. “We’re very excited about this opportunity.”
Five professional instructors and more than 15 volunteers will be on site to offer swimming lessons to all ages.
For more information, call Jorge Olaves at (850) 412-7229.