Join us on Friday for the Fifth Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson!

On Friday, June 21, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) partner once again to host the annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. This year’s world’s-largest lesson will take place for the first time at Webber Natural Swimming Pool in North Minneapolis.

Everyone is invited to this free, public event because “water safety and education are crucial for everyone in every community,” said Abbey’s Hope chairman and founder Scott Taylor.

MPRB Superintendent Al Bangoura agreed, adding, “Swimming lessons and water safety are a vital part of our recreation programming, so our partnership with Abbey’s Hope is a natural.”

More ttan hundred participants are expected. Instructors will work with them on entering and exiting the water, breathing in the water, basic swim strokes and the importance of adult supervision near the water. After the lesson, all participants are invited to enjoy pizza and ice cream.

The Need for Swimming Lessons and Water Safety

According to the Abbey’s Hope Foundation, drownings are the second-leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14.  Studies show participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1-4.

Details: Abbey’s Hope World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

  • Friday, June 21, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Webber Natural Swimming Pool, 4330 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55412
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration required – just show up!

About Abbey’s Hope
Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is a Minnesota nonprofit organization named after Abbey Taylor, the Edina, Minn., 6-year-old who died in 2008 because of injuries sustained from an improperly maintained pool drain cover. The foundation’s goals are to promote awareness and education related to child safety issues; work with the pool and spa industry to improve products and standards, and help educate parents, children and pool and spa manufacturers about the prevention of entrapment and traditional forms of drowning.

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About Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is an independent, semi-autonomous body responsible for the Minneapolis park system. With 180 park properties totaling 6,817 acres of land and water, the Park Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. More than two million annual visits are made to the nationally acclaimed park system. Its Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, neighborhood parks recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is proud to have been named the number one park system in American by the trust for Public land for six of the last eight years!

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