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Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson
Five local pools host World's Largest Swimming Lesson

Swimmers filled five West Michigan pools on June 18 to try to make history.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson—an event aimed at raising awareness about water safety, while trying to set the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson worldwide.

An employee of the Holland Aquatics Center says about 105 children took part in this year’s event at their location; that’s more than double the number of participants they had last year.  Participants also took part at the East Grand Rapids High School Pool, the Kentwood Public Schools Aquatic Center, and Full Blast in Battle Creek.  MVP Athletic Club also welcomed 30 participants, ranging in age from two years to 75 years.  This is the third year MVP Athletic Club has taken part in the event.

This is the fourth year for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Based on the number of people who pre-registered for the event, this year’s swim lesson is expected to break the world record of 24,873 participants. However, the final number of participants still needs to be confirmed.

Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental deaths among children ages one through five. Organizers of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson say research shows participating in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among young children by 88 percent.

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