DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands of people from 22 countries came together this week to spread water safety awareness and attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
The event on Tuesday was called “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,” and it took place at several water parks, and pools from around the globe.
In Federal Heights, Waterworld attracted people of all ages in a bid to break the world record.
All of the participating locations around the world taught the same curriculum, at the same time for 30 minutes. The lessons focused on safe practices while in water by teaching children how to swim, float, breathe and dry land safety tips.
The Spokesperson for Waterworld, Joann Cortez, said that this was Waterworld’s sixth year hosting the event.
“The whole hope is that we’ll get people interested in taking swimming lessons, and we have broken our own record here at Waterworld, we’ve got about 400 swimmers,” Cortez said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 10 people die from unintentional drowning each day.
– Written for CBSDenver.com by Timbo Pham