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World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

David Weiner - June 18, 2013 11:48 am

Mason stretches out his arms in the "wing" position before learning how to float in the water

Mason stretches out his arms in the "wing" position before learning how to float in the water

Children around Salina gathered this morning at the Kenwood Cove water park in order to take part in a world record breaking swim lesson.

Last year, 16 countries on 5 continents simultaneously took part in the swim lesson which broke the Guiness World Record by hosting 24,800 children. Over 700 pools this year took part in hosting the lesson in hopes of surpassing last year’s attendance.

Each country that participated taught the same material this morning, in the same order, starting at the same time. The lesson was a world wide effort to highlight the necessity of knowing how to swim and how to be safe and comfortable in the water at an early age.

“Our world is 70 percent water and all, so it’s pretty important that you need to be safe and know how to swim,” Devin Reese, assistant manager of the Kenwood Cove said.

The results of this year’s world’s largest swimming lesson will be displayed on the organization’s website, worldslargestswimminglesson.org with hopes of making it once again into the Guiness Book of World Records.

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