Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is famous for its excellent swimming attractions. At Typhoon Lagoon you can relax in Castaway Creek, thrill with the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster, and hurl yourself down Gang Plank Falls.
However, this upcoming June 14, Typhoon lagoon will be home to an entirely different kind of attraction – one geared toward teaching children how to swim and breaking a Guinness Book of World Records entry at the same time!
This is the second year the event will be taking place – last year the swimming lesson attracted nearly 4.000 participants from 37 states. The entire point of the event is to build awareness about vital swimming skills in order to prevent children from drowning.
Olympic gold metal winners Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans host the event. Gaines will actually be working at the event in Florida, while Evans will be hosting a remote event out in California.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintended injury-related death in children ages 1-14. More than one in four drowinings that end in fatality is a child under the age of fourteen. What’s worse is that if children don’t learn to swim before the third grade, it’s highly likely they’ll never develop this vital skill.
This is why events like the world’s largest swimming lesson are so important in the lives of children – not only will this event break records, it could also save lives! In addition to the swimming lesson itself, Disney also distributed a DVD feature Timon and Pumbaa entitled Disney’s Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart in the Water. The DVD was a smash hit, and it looks to be distributed this year, as well.