World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Posted June 14, 2011 

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) participated in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, June 14, at the College’s aquatics center.

Eighty-four swimmers were given a free 45-minute swim lesson as part of an  international campaign to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching adults and kids to swim in order to prevent drowning.

MHCC joined aquatics centers from around the globe in an effort to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. (The results are not yet known.) Last year’s event – the first ever – attracted almost 40,000 people from 34 states, five countries and three continents.


MHCC’S Jody Rash, Donna Ryan and
Brandon Drawz are flanked by
“Cameraman Steve” and Drew Carney
from KGW Newschannel 8.

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related deaths of children ages 1 – 14 in the U.S.  Kim Hyatt, MHCC dean of health, physical education, athletics, aquatics and recreation, says, “We are thrilled to be able to bring this important event to the community. 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.”

For more information about swim lessons at the MHCC aquatics center throughout the summer, please call 503-491-7243 or visit

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