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Think Globally, Swim Locally

Dallas pools in on attempt at world’s biggest swim lesson



    Think Globally, Swim Locally

    by Bruce Felps

    The odds of somebody warming up some swimming pool water somewhere today spiked Tuesday when Dallas and towns across North Texas joined in the push to create The World's Largest Swimming Lesson.

    It’s an international effort aimed at gaining a paragraph or two in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    The event also is all about teaching kids across the world how to swim because, according to the official press release, water is the “second leading cause of unintended injury [and] related death of children ages 1-14.” The release failed to identify the leading cause of intended deaths among children.

    Anyway, area swimming facilities such as Garland's Surf and Swim and all 18 pools located at Dallas Park and Recreation Department rec centers are open this morning to participate in the global swim lesson, which is based officially at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon near Orlando, Fla.

    Then, of course, soon after the push for the record the city of Dallas will shut down most of the public pools because the Dallas is just about broke.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He does not go to public pools because you just don’t know what’s in that water.