CCPRC swimmers try for world record

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Tens of thousands of swimmers are diving into the record books Friday.Aquatic facilities around the world are taking part in an attempt for a Guinness World Record's "World's Largest Swimming Lesson."Locally, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is hosting the{} attempt at Splash Island Waterpark in Mount Pleasant, Splash Zone Waterpark on James Island, and Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark in North Charleston, along with their portable pool, which will be located at Schroder Blaney Recreation Complex in Hollywood.Team WLSL holds the current Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson, which stands at 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents. Organizers hope the attempt brings awareness to water safety. According to a release from CCPRC, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury- related death for children ages 1-5, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14.{}{}{}{}{} {}For more information on CCPRC's water safety program, contact Stephen Fernandez at 843-762-2172 or visit