'World's Largest Swim Lesson' puts focus on water safety

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

High temperatures and swimming go hand in hand, which is why every year at this time we see the push for an increased focus on water safety.

To draw attention to the issue of safety around pools and water, SWIMkids USA is attempting to break a Guinness Record by taking part in an event called the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.

Some 50 kids showed up Thursday morning at the SWIMkids in Mesa for the event. But at pools across the globe, thousands of kids also jumped into the event!

In 2014, 36,564 swimmers from 22 countries participated. The goal of the event is to raise awareness worldwide about the importance of leaning to swim as a way to help prevent drowning.

SWIMkids USA is located in the east Valley near 101 and Guadalupe. The school has received numerous awards including Best Swim School from Aquatics International and it is internationally and nationally recognized for its special work with children in the areas of water safety training and brain development.

SWIMkids USA is owned by one family. And over the past 40 years, the school has have trained more than 60,000 children in the Valley to be safer in the water. For information visit:  http://www.swimkidsusa.us/

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