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Forsyth Y joins world record swim attempt

In process gives lifesaving advice to swimmers

Damarys Wichowski, a swim coach at the Forsyth YMCA, teaches campers about water safety. Melissa Insardi. (click for larger version)

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June 30, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — With well over 50 participants in the latest swim lesson held by the Forsyth YMCA, it is more than possible they will beat their swimming record from last year.

As far as beating the Guinness World Record, that is still afloat.

"We won't have the total number of worldwide participants until later in the summer," said Deborah Kelly, associate aquatics director at the Y.

More than 40,000 people pre-registered for this year's swim lesson, the fifth annual, according to

During the World's Largest Swim Lesson, camp counselors taught the campers how to swim, basic survival techniques and how to respond in a serious situation.

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Drowning is a leading cause of death for children ages 1-5 and second-leading cause for children ages 1-14.

"I'm glad to be learning how to be safe in the water and help others if I can," said one young returning swimmer.

Damarys Wichowski, who led the swim lesson, said the most important rule to remember is to, "Yell, throw, never go."

When a person sees someone struggling in the water, it is imperative to remember that saying, Wichowski said.

First, yell for help.

Second, throw a life jacket, tube, noodle or anything that floats.

Third, never jump in to help.

When a person is struggling in the water, unless you are trained to do so, trying to save them can put your life in jeopardy, Wichowski said.

The lessons learned at the Forsyth YMCA day camp will ensure the safety of all the campers that attended.

Any local YMCA teaches water safety and many other lifesaving techniques.

For more information about the YMCA in Forsyth, visit


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