Remember when I said I really would like to learn to swim?
Well, there's an event called the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
It's going to be June 14 in the Columbus State University Student Recreation Center on main campus.
It starts at 11 a.m. And 100 swimmers will be allowed for a 45-minute instructional session. It will go on all day.
It's the third annual such event that's designed to "build awareness about the importance of learning to swim to prevent drowning."
Well, I'm never around a body of water to even be in danger of drowning, but it's always good to know how to swim, right?
Chad Day, the CSU aquatics director, said all you need to do is show up, wearing swimwear. You need to bring a towel and a change of dry clothing. And if you need them, bring goggles.
It's for anyone who is 12 and older.
The first World's Largest Swimming Lesson set a Guinness World Record in 2010. Last year, more than 20,000 participated in 45 states and 13 countries.
I'm sure this year, it will be an even bigger number.
Chad said you don't have to register, just show up.
I really think younger kids need to be involved. I'm always reading stories about toddlers or elementary school-aged kids drowning in backyard pools.
Maybe next year, the age will drop to maybe 5 or 6.
I remember when my nephew, Scott, was about 18 months old, Fred and Cheryl had him in a swim class. He's now 27 and he's doing that very dangerous thing where you swim to deep depths to see how deep you can go without taking a breath. I think that's stupid.
Anyway, I think I may go, just to see the facility. It's a $23 million, 106,000-square-foot building that houses a five-lane, 25-yeard lap pool, a "lazy river," therapy pool and sauna.
Wow! We certainly didn't have that when I was a student there. If we had, maybe I would be a champion swimmer.
Call Chad at 706-507-8657.