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Swim lesson aims for world record

Y organizers hope to maintain title

POSTED: June 11, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Forsyth County Family YMCA is inviting the public to participate in the world’s largest swim lesson.

YMCA facilities across the country are teaming up with other swim instruction locations around the world in hopes of breaking the Guinness Book of World Records entry for largest swimming lesson.

The facilities will come together at 11 a.m. June 18 in hopes of reaching the mark.

An organized effort appropriately called the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson saw more than 20,000 participants at some 300 facilities around the world in 2012. Leaders are hoping to have more this year to maintain the Guinness World Record.

The effort will be part of a week of free swim lessons the Forsyth YMCA will be offering to children in the community from June 17-21.

“The big thing is the Splash Week,” said Deborah Kelly, associate aquatics director at the Forsyth Y. “We think it’s very important that everyone knows how to swim, and that’s why we wanted to open the Splash Week up to the community as something that everybody could afford to do.”

The week will offer a series of five swim lessons for children ages 3 to 12. Each 30-minute lesson will cover fundamentals of swimming.

On Tuesday, the lesson will include participation in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson effort. Adults from the community are also invited to take part in the Guinness record effort.

“We teach swimming here, but in addition to [paid lessons], we wanted to do something for the whole community,” Kelly said.

The facility has about 10 swim instructors and other life guards who will help out during Splash Week.

Kelly said anyone interested in participating, should go to to sign up. Those interested can also call the Y at (770) 888-2788 or stop by in person at 6050 Y St.

She asked that those planning to register do so by noon Thursday.

“We think it’s very important that everyone knows how to swim and these lessons could make a huge difference for many children,” Kelly said.



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