More than 200 children are expected to attend "the World's Largest Swimming Lesson" at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center this morning.
Beginning at 11 a.m., thousands of children in at least 10 countries will participate in simultaneous swim lessons in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants.
Aside from improving participants' skills in the water, organizers hope the event raises awareness of water safety. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 6 and is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children 1 to 14.
The event is free, and there is no age limit. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the lesson runs from 11 to 11:30.
Get more details of the event at worldslargestswimming lesson.org.
Victoria Jacobsen, Times staff writer