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Swimmers go to Wet-N-Wild for attempt at largest swimming lesson record

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 1:08pm

Hundreds of kids, along with their parents, made it out to Wet-N-Wild Waterworld Friday morning for an attempt at the world's largest swimming lesson.

Wet-N-Wild teamed up with the Drowning Prevention Coalition and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department to teach kids the basics.

Swimming lessons were taking place at the exact same time around the world.

Wet-N-Wild General Manager Chandra Edwards-Cottingham said this type of event is especially important in our community because a large number of kids in this area don't learn to swim at an early age.

"Research shows that if your child learns how to swim by the third grade, then they're a swimmer for life. If they don't learn how to swim by the third grade, then it's less likely that they'll learn how to swim later. It's really important to let people know to get their kids enrolled in swim lessons early in life," she said.

Last year 32,000 people set the record for the world's largest swim lesson. The goal this year was 50,000 swimmers worldwide.

The final numbers were not yet available on whether a new Guinness World Record was reached this year.

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