CSU Welcomes Novices for World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

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COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will once again welcome anyone interested in learning to swim, or improving their swimming skills, for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson on Tuesday, June 18 at CSU's Student Recreation Center.

CSU's Student Recreation Center is one of about 30 Georgia facilities — the only one at a university — approved to participate in the fourth annual global effort designed to build awareness about the importance of learning to swim as a drowning-prevention strategy.

Koby Garick, aquatics coordinator at the CSU center, said he anticipates welcoming about 40 swimmers, ages 1-14, and their families for the event. CSU participated for the first time in 2012.

"We're hoping to be part of setting a new Guinness World Record, but even more important than that is for people to learn some basics for staying safe in the water," Garick said.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Research shows that if children don't learn to swim before third grade, they likely never will.

CSU's $23 million, 106,000-square foot Student Recreation Center features a state-of-the-art aquatics center that encompasses a five-lane, 25-yard lap pool, a "lazy river," therapy pool area and adjacent sauna.

CSU's swimming lesson, taught by Garick and student assistants, will start promptly at 11 a.m. to coincide with thousands of similar events across the globe. Garick encourages CSU attendees to arrive, dressed to swim, as early as 10 a.m. The lesson will last about an hour.

For more information, contact Garick at 706-507-8657 or garick_koby@ColumbusState.edu.

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