DOYLESTOWN >> The Doylestown branch of the YMCA of Bucks County will join tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world for the ninth annual "The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson" on June 20.

The event will take place over a 24 hour period with an estimated 600 locations in more than 20 countries participating. At the Doylestown branch of the YMCA of Bucks County, free lessons will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. by pre-registration.

Since its inception, more than 278,000 children and adults have participated in the World's Largest Swimming lessons generating more than a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2018 event included 41,814 participants from 27 countries.

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. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

The Doylestown branch of YMCA of Bucks County will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for the 2019 event. Parents are invited to learn more and register for their free lesson at ymcabucks.org/wlsl.

For more information, contact Svetlana Barker, director of aquatics at sbarker@ymcabucks.org.

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