Upton Hill to Host ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’

by ARLnow.com June 7, 2012 at 9:45 am 6,813 11 Comments

Next week the water park at Upton Hill Regional Park will host one portion of what’s being called the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.”

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14, children will gather at Upton Hill (6060 Wilson Blvd) to take part in a swimming lesson that will be held at the same time as lessons at 500 other pools and aquatic facilities around the world. The event is part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) “Pool Safely” campaign, a national public education effort.

Rep. Jim Moran (D), CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and other local officials are expected to help kick off the world record attempt.

The event will attempt to break its own Guinness-certified record from last year. In 2011, more than 20,000 kids and adults on five different continents participated in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. While the goal of the event is to set a new world record, the ultimate goal of the campaign is to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and entrapments in pools and spas.

From a press release:

This year the campaign’s focus is on populations most at risk of drowning: children younger than 5 years old (who represent nearly 75 percent of child drowning fatalities) and African-American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5 and 14, who, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drown at higher rates than white children. CPSC reports that annually there are 390 pool or spa-related drownings for children younger than 15.

Photo via Ocean Dunes Waterpark

  • YoBimbo

    Oh, the humani-pee.

  • jigga

    i bet the flasher/ wanker will be there!

  • wockney canker

    Nothing goes better than Guiness and swimming

  • Mike Hunt

    Hopefully our D-8 representative looks better trying to swim than he does trying to ride a bike with the election next week. . .

    Anyone remember Dukakis and the tank?

  • DarkHeart

    Why is the picture (while actually Upon Park) “via Ocean Dunes Water Park”?

    • Arlwhenver

      Ocean Dunes Water Park is the theme name for the Upton Hill pool. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority brands each of its pools. For example, Cameron Run is Great Waves. Algonkian is Volcano Island. The annual passes are good for admission at all pools — a great deal.

  • John Fontain

    So in other words Upton Hills thinks the majority of children in Arlington are too stupid to know what they are doing inside a swimming pool.

    This implies that our population – 60% of which has a college degree and 30% of which has a postgraduate degree, in which the average household brings in over 100k – is too stupid to understand how to swim.

    Why offer swim lessons to those that may need the help when most people know how to swim?

    [For those that don’t get it, this is the exact same logic of those who are opposed to plain English bond referendums. Do you see how silly it looks put in any other context?]

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)
  • Pie

    Jerry Jerry Jerry!!!!

  • Amy

    Won’t most kids still be in school that day???

  • Andrew

    This is a great idea. I’ve been going to Upton Hill for years — and it always pains me to see how many kids can’t swim and instead just go down water slides or horse around in the splash pool.


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