Splishin’ and Splashin’ For A Record

TANNERSVILLE — Swimmers in Monroe County and across the world are hoping to splash their way into the record books.

Today was the fifth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Kicking and splashing, kids at Camelbeach Water Park were all trying to help break a Guinness world record: the Largest Swimming Lesson, which currently stands at more than 32,000 swimmers worldwide.

Dawn Rack of Cresco brings her kids every year for the record-breaking attempt at the water park, just one of the facilities that team up around the world simultaneously on the same day.

“They love getting, being involved and they love getting their certificate and they take pride in it,” Rack said.

Her son Hunter, 9, loves taking part in the world swim lesson event each year.

“Because you could be famous and that,” Hunter said.

While trying to break the record kids learn to blow bubbles, swim forward,  and kick with all their might.

“It’s important for kids to learn how to swim because there’s a lot of water around us. Whether you have a pool at home, you have lakes or streams, or whether you come to a water park,” said lifeguard Erin Webber.

About 50 swimmers stepped into the pool at Camelbeach, helping add to those world record totals, but parents said seeing their kids make a splash is also giving them peace of mind.

“I’ve got four in the pool, and we live in a beach resort town ourselves so they need to know how to swim. It’s important for them to know how to swim, so we’re excited,” said Jessica Perez from Maryland.

Perez’s four kids all are visiting family in the Poconos but live in Ocean City, Maryland.   Her 7 year old says this world record is a blast.

“I learned to, like, do this and swim back. It’s really fun,” said Jenesis Perez.

Whether or not the world record was broken won’t be determined for about a week, but the bigger goal of raising water safety awareness looks to be a “big splash” hit again this year.

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