For close to 100 children at Bickford Aquatic center in Memphis, avoiding danger is one of the goals in taking part in the worldwide swim lesson. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(WMC) - Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old. Overall, it's the third leading cause of death among all children.
A group in Memphis is bringing awareness to this statistic by trying to set a Guinness World Record.
"They will learn about blowing bubbles techniques, They'll learn about putting their face in the water. They'll learn about kicking in the water and basically getting comfortable with the water," said Toni Holmon-Turner, City of Memphis.
For close to 100 children at Bickford Aquatic center in Memphis, avoiding danger is one of the goals in taking part in the worldwide swim lesson.
"I hope the kids learn how to swim so they don't have to be in dangerous situations," Diamond Kizer said.
"What we're hoping is that after this they'll go home and tell their parents that they want to do swim lessons," added Turner.
Teaching children how to swim is the real reason behind Memphis joining communities worldwide to host the largest swim lesson ever recorded.
"You never know what can happen. You can be in a lake. You never know," Destini Booker said.
"You have to have a lot of water safety because kids need to have respect for the water," Turner explained.
Respect for the water, learning basic techniques and ultimately learning how to swim is how to make this summer's swim season safer for children all across the Mid-South.
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