MHCC Hosts ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ June 14

Posted May 19, 2011 

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will join aquatics centers from around the globe June 14 to set a record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.

Two hundred adults and kids (age three and older) from throughout the Portland metro area will take a free swimming lesson that day, 8 – 8:45 a.m. at the College’s aquatic center, located on the Gresham Campus at 26000 SE Stark St.  If interested in signing up for the lesson, please call the aquatic center at 503-491-7243.

Last year’s event – the first ever – established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. Almost 4,000 people from 34 states, five countries and three continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching adults and children to swim in order to prevent drowning.

Event organizers this year expect significant increases in the number of facilities and individual lesson participants from the U.S. and abroad. As of this date, the MHCC aquatic center is the only local facility to participate in this event.


Swimming Lessons Save Lives 

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths of children ages 1 -14 in the U.S. In addition, more than one of four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger. Research shows if a child does not learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.  

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this important event to the community,” says Kim Hyatt, MHCC dean of health, physical education, athletics, aquatics and recreation. “It is vitally important to draw attention to this issue, especially at the beginning of the summer season when families spend a lot of time at swimming pools, ocean beaches, lakes and rivers. We are committed to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water. Swimming lessons save lives.”

With three pools, American Red Cross-certified instructors and age-specific classes, the MHCC Aquatic Center is the ideal place for kids and adults to learn how to swim.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park near Orlando, Fla., has been designated as the official headquarters for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson for the second year. Olympic gold medalists Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are the official spokespersons for the event and they want people to know that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training.

For more information about the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson or to learn more about the MHCC aquatic center and its programs, please contact Donna Ryan at 503-491-7246 or

Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.

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