By Justin Seward
Over half a dozen young Redcliff swimmer took part in the annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) initiative at the town’s aquatic centre on June 21. The WLSL was created by the World Water Association in 2010 to raise awareness about fundamental importance of teaching children how to swim, while preventing them from drowning.
If children choose to take swimming lessons, it has been shown through research that drowning can be reduced by 88 per cent between the ages one to four, according to the WLSL website.
Carla Spampinato was coordinating the event for the Town of Redcliff and it was important for the community to participate in the event because in the end the knowledge learned can help save a life.
“The skills and information the participants get from this 30 minute lesson could really help save a life,” she said.
“The life guards do a real great job getting the message across.”
Being in the position of FCSS and events coordinator, Spampinato mentioned FCSS does help connect to programs such as jump start to help with costs this event provided the opportunity for swimmers a free lesson who would otherwise not be able to afford one.
She added the town is always looking for new ideas for events in the community.