Raleigh's aquatics department will be one of hundreds of pools and aquatic centers around the world to participate in the eighth annual "World's Largest Swim Lesson."
The event will take place over 24 hours at 600 locations in more than 20 countries, according to a city press release. The goal is to encourage people to sign up for swim lessons and to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning, according to the World Waterpark Association, which created the event in 2010.
"Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14," according to the association.
Here on Go Ask Mom, we shared water safety tips earlier this month.
Raleigh's Optimist Pool will host a lesson as part of this global effort at noon, Thursday. You can register on the city's RecLink or at the pool, 5902 Whittier Dr., not far from North Hills. Be sure to get there at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, if you'd like to participate.