Gainesville city pools break record for World's Largest Swimming Lesson

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Hundreds of people in Gainesville headed for the pool Thursday, with a purpose - the World's Largest Swim Lesson!

An event that currently hold the Guinness world record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson at different locations across the globe. Water safety is a mission the World Waterpark Association has spread through the annual event.

Gainesville had its highest turnout in seven years with 438 swimmer in three city pools.

"While it is big in how many people participated, it is a literally a 30 minute event. lots and lots of planning lots of work and then - 'bam' - the 30 minutes go by and your done," Scott Chase, the interim program coordinator says. "It's basically a life skill that everyone should learn."

No matter the age, advocates say swimming lessons save lives.

Jeff Moffitt, a city recreation supervisor says, "[Florida] one of the few states where swimming should be mandatory. but its very important for parents and kids to realize that swimming is going to give you those skills neccesary to protect yourself if you get in dangerous situations in the water."

Knowing how to swim can save lives but it also makes a day at the pool more enjoyable.

"If you don't know how to swim you're not going to be able to use the diving board, not going to be able to use our slide into the pool or the deep end," Moffitt says. "And they have better confidence when they have those swimming skills so not only have more fun but they're more confident when they're in the water."

It's never too early or too late to learn how to swim, as the city offers lessons from 36 months up to 100 years old.

You can find more information on swimming lessons at, on their social media pages or at any city pool.

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