Adults and children will have their chance to make the Guinness World Records next Tuesday, June 18 at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

That morning, thousands of people around the world will participate in The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL). Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 24, 873 participants representing 15 countries across five continents.

The community is invited to the WLSL Event at the MSSU Aquatic & Racquetball Center in Young Gymnasium. Enter in Door 13 on the south side of the building.

Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must bring their own swimming suits and towel (and goggles, if desired).

· No pre-registration is necessary. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

This event is open to adults and children of all ages, so long as they can understand the directions given and attempt the skills (they do not have to be performed successfully). Younger children may take part but must be able to swim in water of 4 feet in depth, the minimum depth of the MSSU pool) and be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

The WLSL world record attempt begins at exactly 10 a.m. to be synchronized with the effort worldwide.

The event will last approximately 30 minutes and will be synchronized with the same effort in other cities around the nation and the world. Participants must take part in the entire effort to count toward the total.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) was created to spread the world that Swimming Lessons Save Lives. Tragically, drowning is the leading cause of unintended injury-related death of children ages 1-5. Research shows if children don’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will.