Daytona Beach, June 21, 2018 – Today, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for the ninth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) to raise awareness for swim safety. In Daytona Beach, Daytona Lagoon, Urban Surf and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA teamed up to host the global event and bring critical swimming lessons to 50 underserviced kids in the local community.
The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA taught a free, 30-minute swim lesson to the kids, ages 5 to 15 in Daytona Lagoon’s wave pool. Urban Surf 4 Kids followed the swim lesson with an exciting surfing demonstration.
“Daytona Lagoon is honored to partner with the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and Urban Surf 4 Kids to bring the World’s Largest Swim Lesson’s critical swim safety message to our local community,” said Tyler Currie, General Manager for Daytona Lagoon. “Drowning is a preventable tragedy and we must all work together to ensure every child and parent has access to lifesaving water safety resources.”
The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA’s six branches also participated in the WLSL. Every child who completed the swim lesson at Daytona Lagoon or at one of the local Y branches, received a free ticket to enjoy Daytona Lagoon’s water park.
“It’s never too early to get children involved in swimming—it’s important for safety reasons, but also a great way to keep them active and healthy,” said Ginni Heirs, Director of Aquatics, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA, “Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training. The Y is thrilled to partner with Daytona Lagoon & Urban Surf to help spread awareness about water safety with the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.”
Tragically, in the U.S. drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.
“Urban Surf 4 Kids is beyond grateful to partner with Daytona Lagoon and the Volusia Flagler Family YCMA to bring water safety awareness to our community through the World’s Largest Swim Lesson,” said Debora Stewart, co-founder, Urban Surf 4 Kids. “By working together to provide the local community with free swim lessons, we can prevent drowning and save lives.”
About Daytona Lagoon
Daytona Lagoon is Florida’s premier “Family Fun, Family Priced” water park and family entertainment center located in Daytona Beach next to the Ocean Center and just footsteps away from the World’s Most Famous Beach. Daytona Lagoon includes an indoor family entertainment center featuring over 80 games, including laser tag, miniature golf, go-karts, ropes course and food and beverage centers. Daytona Lagoon, which received a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, has special rooms for hosting fun birthday parties, can accommodate group outings and the park features special holiday events all year long. Daytona Lagoon, LLC is a subsidiary managed by regional park operator United Parks.
Daytona Lagoon’s water park season is March – October, while the family entertainment center operates year-round. For 21 years, Daytona Lagoon has entertained millions of families with world-class water park rides and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.daytonalagoon.com. Follow us on Twitter @daytonalagoon; Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/daytonalagoon
About Volusia Flagler Family YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Vfymca.org
About Urban Surf 4 Kids
Urban Surf 4 Kids is a unique outreach organization that empowers orphan/foster youth and children in need. Using water sports therapy as a catalyst, our goal is to first let the kids have fun and then teach creative ways to give back to their communities and neighborhoods through local service projects. Join our Ohana and be a part of something truly great. Volunteer, Donate, Participate in one of our events or tell your friends about us. Get involved and help change a life! Visit our website http://www.urbansurf4kids.org/ and please like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/UrbanSurf4kids.