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"World's Largest Swimming Lesson" attempt


Updated June 18, 2013:  On Tuesday at 10 a.m. Joplin participants along with a number of other cities around the world took part in an effort to break a world record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever.

Joplin participants gathered at the MSSU Aquatic and Racquetball Center.

The current record is 24,873 people from 15 different countries.

Guinness World record officials say they will know if the record was broken in about a month after they tally the numbers.


Posted June 17, 2013:  News release from Missouri Southern State University:

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Adults and children from the Joplin area will have their chance to make the Guinness World Records next Tuesday, June 18 at Missouri Southern State University.

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.

For more information, contact Heather Arnold, Director of Aquatics & Wellness, at (417) 625-9533 or email arnold-h@mssu.edu . 


Timeline for World's Largest Swimming Lesson

June 18, 2013 - Missouri Southern State University
10 a.m. - Introduction of Event Guidelines, Lesson Objectives & Instructors
10:02 a.m. - Safety - General Overview of Water Safety Awareness Messages and Key Skills
10:05 a.m. - Overview of Safe Entry into Water and a Review of Entry Hazards
10:08 a.m. - Breathing/Submerging - Learn to Comfortably Submerge Face and Hold Breath Underwater
10:15 a.m. - Floating- Teach Front/Back Floating Skills (assisted or unassisted based on swimmer skill level)
10:22 a.m. - Strokes - Teach Basic Locomotion and Stroke Component Skills
10:30 a.m. - Lesson Concludes

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