Aqua Planet hosts 2019 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson for the second time
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 02, 2019 06:55 AM
Aqua Planet, the largest water park in the Philippines will host a swimming lesson in an attempt to break a Guinness Record.
PAMPANGA, Philippines – Aqua Planet, the largest water park in the Philippines, is set to host again the 2019 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) in the country on June 20, 2019. The Philippines is one of the many countries that will join this global initiative, with the aim of educating people around the world that Swimming Lesson Save Lives.
As one of the members of the World Waterpark Association, Aqua Planet Water Park in Pampanga gives utmost importance in setting international water safety standards; thus, the first and only facility in the Philippines to participate in this worthwhile cause.
Last June 2018, Aqua Planet gathered 1200 children, coming from selected schools, orphanages, government, and non-government organizations. They also included children from Aeta communities and persons with disabilities to be part of this biggest water event in the province. They joined forces in taking swimming lesson together in an attempt to break the Guinness Record.
WLSL is a global public relations event started in 2010 by the World Waterpark Association. As WLSL approaches its 10th anniversary, local WLSL events will happen simultaneously on June 20 at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries, on five continents over the course of 24 hours.
The said event serves as a platform that helps the global aquatic industry to work together in providing basic swimming skill to children to prevent drowning.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. Children, males, and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.
Drowning is also one of the leading causes of child death in the Philippines. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reported that drowning is the second leading cause of death among Filipino children under 15 years old, and the fourth highest cause of injury in the Philippines. Philippine Health Statistics recorded that accidental drowning and submersion is one of the leading causes of child mortality in the country.
Aqua Planet saw the fundamental need to teach swimming to children at an early age, believing that this life skill will prepare them for any eventuality; thus, saving the lives of the future generation.