Last summer, tens of thousands of children in our community missed the opportunity to participate in formal swimming lessons, creating an urgent need for water safety education in 2021. Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 – 4, and it’s the second leading cause of injury-related death of children 14 and younger. Participation in swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88 percent! As a family water park, Dollywood’s Splash Country is committed to helping bridge the gap to prevent drowning.
This year, swim instructors and community leaders will come together Thursday, June 17 to provide a free 30-minute lesson in the morning and offer education throughout the day. We’re excited to welcome area partners LeConte Medical Center, The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, WVLT Local 8 News and WIVK 107.7 as we host this important event.
We think water safety is so crucial, we’re offering a $25 ticket (and giveaways!) to incentivize people to join us for the swim lesson at 10 a.m. Research shows that swimming lessons save lives, so we’re inviting the community to join us as we host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) is a one-day event that happens at pools and water parks around the world. Dollywood’s Splash Country is one of the participating venues, and to build out the event with a greater scope of water awareness, the Smokies’ most-trusted water park created Water Safety Day.
We are partnering with SafeSplash Swim School for the swim lesson this year. The lesson begins at 10 a.m. at Mountain Waves wave pool. Vendor booths are open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests who visit the vendor booths receive a Splash Pass, allowing them to receive a prize at each booth. Once the participants have visited all vendors, they may turn their pass in for the chance to win two Season Passes to Dollywood’s Splash Country!
Water Safety Day and WLSL registration begins Thursday, June 17 at 9 a.m. at Dollywood’s Splash Country. The park opens to guests at 9:30 a.m. To receive a free gift (Dollywood’s Splash Country waterproof pouch!), guests should arrive early to register before the swim lesson begins at 10 a.m. Dollywood’s Splash Country admission is required to participate in Water Safety Day and may be purchased at the water park or at Dollywood.com.