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Rockford Park District will again provide the community an opportunity to learn more about swimming safely by participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, June 20, at three locations: Alpine Pool, 4310 Newburg Road, Rockford; Sand Park Pool, 1041 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park; and Magic Waters Waterpark (wave pool), 7820 CherryVale N. Blvd., Cherry Valley.
The lesson at Magic Waters is free with paid admission. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the lesson will last for 45 minutes. The event is hosted by Rockford Park District Learn to Swim instructors, lifeguards, and aquatics managers. Staff members will be signaling the beginning and end of the class to make the time official for the world record.
This is a free event for anyone age 5 or older. Donations will be accepted for the Harkins Foundation (either monetary donations or a donation of a child’s swimsuit). All donations fund programs at Harkins Pool, such as swimming lessons, Harkins Olympics, Jr. Lifeguard/Leadership programs, open swim, etc.). Participants will receive a free day pass to Alpine Pool or Sand Park Pool.
The World’s Largest Swim Lesson is sponsored by the World Waterpark Association, and the event will take place simultaneously at waterparks, community pools and aquatic facilities across the country and around the globe in an attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record.
For more about the event or about Rockford Park District’s aquatics facilities and/or swimming lessons and other aquatic programs, visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org or call (815) 987-8800, where information about disability support and programs for swimmers with disabilities is also available.
Posted June 19, 2014