Dollywood's Splash Country hosts annual Water Safety Day

Dollywood's Splash Country hosts annual Water Safety Day

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A dip in the pool is the perfect fix for a hot summer day, and while refreshing, it can be dangerous without the proper education. A dip in the pool is the perfect fix for a hot summer day, and while refreshing, it can be dangerous without the proper education.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths of children under 14, but a simple swimming lesson can help reduce that statistic. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths of children under 14, but a simple swimming lesson can help reduce that statistic.
Dollywood's Splash Country and LeConte Medical Center teamed up Friday up to reduce that number, in a potentially record setting way. Dollywood's Splash Country and LeConte Medical Center teamed up Friday up to reduce that number, in a potentially record setting way.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Dollywood's Splash Country wants to make sure kids stay safe in the water this summer.

They once again hosted their annual Water Safety Day on Friday, attempting to break a world record.

Each year thousands of children are sent to emergency rooms for water-related injuries. Dollywood's Splash Country and LeConte Medical Center teamed up Friday up to reduce that number, in a potentially record setting way.

A dip in the pool is the perfect fix for a hot summer day, and while refreshing, it can be dangerous without the proper education.

"You don't want to be in a situation and want to think, 'Oh my goodness, we haven't talked about this,'" said Debbie Dowling with LeConte Medical Center.

For many parents it's a dialogue they've already started.

"As a worried mom of my own, like when they are in the wave pool, I don't let them go out real real far just because of all the people going there and maybe getting pushed under water," said parent Kathy Cutsinger.

Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths of children under 14, but a simple swimming lesson can help reduce that statistic.

In true Dollywood fashion, they are taking on these lessons in a big way and aiming for a world record.

"They will do this at every water park across the United States and around the world in conjunction, and they take all the numbers and register them with Guinness and they total them all together and try to beat last year's record," said Dollywood spokesperson Wes Ramey.

Parents say it's the perfect way to make something very serious also very fun.

Officials at Covenant Health and Dollywood hope this will now inspire more parents to sign their kids up for a lesson of their own.

Dollywood officials say they won't know if they did in fact break the record until sometime next week.

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