Splashing fun for record attempt

Over 200 youngsters at Blackpool's Sandcastle indoor swimming complex played their part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the world's biggest swimming lesson.'The children celebrate.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-6-2013
Over 200 youngsters at Blackpool's Sandcastle indoor swimming complex played their part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the world's biggest swimming lesson.'The children celebrate. PIC BY ROB LOCK'18-6-2013
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Everything has gone swimmingly for a record attempt at the world’s largest swimming lesson.

Pools on the Fylde coast got in on the action as part of a bid to get as many people across the globe learning to swim at the same time.

The event, organised by the World Waterpark Association, saw 35,000 people in 700 locations across 15 countries in five different continents attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Around 460 of those were swimming in Blackpool, at the Sandcastle Waterpark, Moor Park Pool, Palatine leisure centre and at Woodlands School.

Numbers will be verified in the next couple of days, but organisers are sure they have smashed the current record of 24,873 swimmers, set last year.

But while it’s a fun event for everyone to get involved in, the organisers have a serious 
message.

The lesson behind the record attempt is to get as many children learning to swim to save lives as figures show drowning is the second biggest cause of death among children aged between one and 14.

Sandcastle’s managing director John Child said: “This is a fantastic event that everyone always has fun and a great time at.

“It’s so important to give children swimming lessons and this event helps to get that message out to parents the world over.
“It’s a big challenge but the team were absolutely up for it. We had 460 children from across the Fylde coast taking part in four venues, which is just incredible.”

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