Trinity Health Muskegon and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy Seek to Reduce Childhood Drowning

Several local children participated in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy

Trinity Health Muskegon and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy are working together to reduce childhood drowning within the Muskegon community.

Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities worldwide united on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, for the 13th year to raise awareness for Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. Trinity Health Muskegon and Muskegon Heights Public School Academy joined forces to serve as an official host location facility for The World’s Largest Swim Lesson ™ (WLSL).

The lessons were free and took place at the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy pool, located at 2441 Sanford St. in Muskegon Heights. This year’s global event featured participants from more than 600 aquatic centers, swim schools, and waterparks in 20 countries completing the same thirty-minute swim lesson.

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Muskegon Heights Public School Academy

Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children in the United States.

“More than half of the U.S. population can’t swim or lacks basic swimming skills – the skills needed to prevent drowning,” said Holly Alway, injury prevention coordinator at Trinity Health Muskegon. “Swim lessons are vital and the World’s Largest Swim Lesson will help us introduce families to basic swim tools and abilities and will connect them to formal swim lessons available in the community.”

Several local children participated in the event and took home a free goodie bag, and instructions they can carry with them through the summer including – how to enter the water, why you should always have an adult present, and other basic skills. For many it is an introduction to the water, and encouragement to move them along to more advanced classes over time.

“We know many kids do not have access to pools, and there are only two public pools in Muskegon County,” said Alway. “We are proud to support this program and collaborate with Muskegon Heights to raise awareness and make kids of all ages and levels familiar with water safety.”

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