12th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™, June 17, 2021


AOAP Will Join TEAM WLSL™ In Its #21in21 Campaign as a Gold level Supporting Organization To Share The Message That Swimming Lessons Save Lives

Now in its 12th year, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) serves as a crucial platform for the aquatics industry to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. With a whole year of learn to swim programs having been lost in 2020, the need to provide children with access to formal swimming lessons this summer is more important than ever. 

“A dire consequence of the pool closures created by the 2020 pandemic is that millions of children did not have the chance to begin swimming lessons as they normally would,” said Rick Root, President of the World Waterpark Association, founding organization of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

As waterparks, aquatic centers, Y’s and swim schools return to a more normal operating schedule in 2021, TEAM WLSL™ is unveiling a new #21in21 campaign to encourage host locations of all sizes to get back on deck for the WLSL event on June 17th, 2021.

Whether facilities are able to host just 21 swimmers and their parents due to social distancing  protocols or 2,100 because the whole community is in full-swing, organizers are encouraging as many locations as possible to participate in this year’s program.

“Over the last 11 years of hosting the WLSL event, we’ve learned we can make a real difference in our communities if we all work together,” said Root. “By committing to the #21in21 campaign, we can get kids and families back on track to being water aware by participating in life-saving swim lessons.”

AOAP encourages aquatic facilities and trainers in the local community to help parents connect the dots between learning to swim and staying safer in and around the water. Registration for host locations opens April 1, 2021 at www.WLSL.org.


This year’s WLSL event will take place over the course of 24 hours at host locations that are able to reopen on Thursday, June 17, 2021.


AOAP is proud to be a Gold Level Supporting Organization for the 2021 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ event.

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Juliene Hefter

Juliene is the Executive Director/CEO of AOAP. She has a background in running and operating diverse aquatic facilities and venues and is a national and international speaker on a variety of topics. She is also an expert witness/consultant.

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