Peoria swimmers help set world record

By WEEK Producer

June 14, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local kids did their part Thursday to help set a Guinness world record for the largest swimming lesson.

They took to the water at the Gwynn Family Aquatic Center, which is an official host location.

Instructors demonstrated the safe and proper ways to enter the pool-- as well as more fun techniques-- such as blowing bubbles and back floats.

"I'm out here learning to swim and I'm learning because sometimes I just stand in the water and I just don't know how," said Kamia Robinson, a new swimmer.

"Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths with children from the age of 1 to 14 and if children pick up the knowledge of swimming it can help reduce that number," said Jake Noll, Assistant Manager of Aquatics.

Twenty-four countries and 46 states in the U.S. participated this year.

The event set a world record last year with more than 20,000 people.

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