Twin Cities Residents Gather for Fourth Annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 24, 2016) – Hundreds of Twin Cities children gathered Friday afternoon at North Commons Water Park for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, learning life-saving techniques and raising water safety awareness.

As part of a partnership between Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, lifeguards and instructors taught 300 children of all ages and abilities various crucial skills. Two 30-minute lessons covered entering and exiting the water, breathing and submerging, floating, and proper swimming strokes.

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Abbey's Hope Brings World's Largest Swimming Lesson to North Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 13, 2016) – As part of its mission to prevent childhood drowning incidents, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to host the fourth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Friday, June 24. This free, open-to-the-public event will take place at North Commons Water Park for the first time.

Water safety and education are crucial for every community,” said Abbey’s Hope co-founder and chairman Scott Taylor. “We are proud to partner with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to host this important event and promote water safety. The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson allows us to share our important message with the Twin Cities.”

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Powerful Abbey's Hope Television Spot Reminds Adults To Pay Attention And Prevent Childhood Drowning

MINNEAPOLIS (May 3, 2016) – Considering nearly 90 percent of child drowning deaths occur with an adult nearby, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation is releasing a chilling set of television and radio PSAs imploring adults to pay attention to children swimming nearby.

Scott and Katey Taylor founded Abbey’s Hope after their 6-year-old daughter Abigail died in 2008 as a result of injuries sustained from an improperly maintained pool drain cover. Over time, the organization has transitioned its message to additionally include prevention of childhood drownings via active supervision and its Water Watchdog program.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


More water safety tips