The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson team set out to achieve a new Guinness World Record on June 18, 2015, and now they’re awaiting word on whether they succeeded. Once all of the numbers were in from around the globe, they were submitted to Guinness. It will take several weeks for Guinness to review the documentation, but the big turnout around the globe for this year’s WLSL has its organizers very hopeful.
On the day of the event, more than 40,000 participants showed up for swim lessons at 904 registered locations, such as aquatics facilities, waterparks and pools in 24 countries, according to organizers. That includes 2,200 participants in Brazil; 1,800 in the Philippines; 451 in the United Kingdom; more than 400 in Australia; 260 in Portugal; and thousands in the USA.
As always, the goal of the event was to draw attention to the need to teach children everywhere to learn how to swim, and thus help lower the drowning rate for those under age 14.