It's been almost a year since I first lied to myself saying I was going to float the river. The problem is that I don't know how to swim, so I was scaredy pants about getting on an innertube for fear that I'd drown if I happened to fall off. It's a little crazy that I'm 33 years old and don't know how to swim. But did you know that if a child doesn't learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will? That's what Roaring Springs says, and I have to say I'm inclined to believe them. I was in third grade when my brother tried to teach me and when I couldn't get the hang of it I gave up and never tried again. Then years kept passing and I felt more and more embarrassed to even bring up that I don't know how to swim. So here I am about to turn 34 and I couldn't swim to save my life. Literally.

If you're like me, or have children who are just learning to swim, get registered for the 12th Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson at Roaring Springs. The event aimed at raising awareness "about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim to help prevent drowning," takes place on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at 8:30am. Children and adults alike are invited participate in a free beginner swimming lesson at the Roaring Springs wave pool.

They also have a swim school, which offers different package options. A skills level assessment can help you decide how many lessons you'll need for your little one. Season pass holders get a discount, so that's something to look into if you have plans to visit the park regularly. Important to note that their swim school seems structured for teaching children to swim. But if you're there with your kid you can probably learn along with them. At least that's what I'm hoping when I take my 4 year old. Besides, their Instagram account encourages children AND adults to sign up for swim lessons.

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