Gainesville Team WLSL Sets a New Record


Thousands of children and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe united to set a new global record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) Friday, June 20 at 11 a.m. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is incredibly grateful to everyone who participated in our fourth Guinness World Record attempt and the media that help spread the vital message... swimming lessons save lives. This year, a total of 358 participants participated, topping last year’s total of 284! The global record attempt took place at three Gainesville locations: Andrew R. Mickle Pool with 73 participants, Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool with 166 participants and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool with 119 participants.

For a collection of images from this year’s event, please visit:

Learning to swim saves lives! If you missed the event, please visit for our flexible lesson times and dates:

  • Group and private lessons available for all skill levels. Lessons are offered for children age 6 months to adults. The lessons have convenient times and affordable rates.
  • On Monday and Tuesday nights from 5-7 p.m., Mickle Pool offers extended hours for family swim time when admission to the pool is free. We encourage families to come out and enjoy time together at the pool.
  • Andrew Mickle Swimming Lessons have started at Mickle Pool, and participants can choose between Monday and Wednesday sessions or Tuesday and Thursday sessions. Classes take place each day from 12-6 p.m., depending on skill level. Fees are $45 for youth, and $50 for adults. Each session consists of 12 lessons. For more information, please call 334-5067, or stop by the PRCA Administrative Office on the third floor of the Historic Thomas Center, 306 NE Sixth Ave.

To learn more about this phenomenal event, visit, or contact City of Gainesville Aquatic Leader Michelle Weydert at 352-334-5067.