World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

| June 16, 2011

I love living here in Orlando!  It never gets old for me when I can go to Walt Disney World anytime I wish. Tuesday was one of those days.  I heard about a fun event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. I decided to head over for the The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson and a chance to break the Guinness World Record.

This was the second year for this event. Last year they had almost 4,000 participants.  This year, the final total was nearly 30,000 people participating in the swimming lesson. There were people participating in 34 states, five countries and 3 continents. We had over 600 people participating here in Typhoon Lagoon.  We had an instructor that worked with the lifeguards in the water to show us how to breathe, float, swim. We also learned the sign to indicate we were in trouble when swimming.

Olympic swimmers Rowdy Gaines and Summer Sanders joined the activities in the water. Radio Disney was there to entertain the families with games and music.  “Kittie Pool” and Lilo and Stitch joined the crowd in dancing to the beach music playing.

They rolled out 2 giant beach balls to play with in the water before the event happened. It was a lot of fun trying to keep these huge beach balls in the air.

Coppertone was there to remind everyone about using sunscreen while out in the sun. At the end of the lesson we all received great beach bags as a gift.

I hope many families took the lessons to heart and will work to teach their children how to swim to prevent childhood drowning.


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