By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Brevard County residents are encouraged to help break a world record this summer.
On Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of people across the country will join together for a unified swimming lesson, in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the world's largest swimming lesson.
The event is hosted by World's Largest Swimming Lesson, a national water training and safety group. For five years in a row, the world's largest swimming lesson has been hosted throughout the country by the organization.
Locals can meet at the Merritt Island High School pool, which is operated by the Central Area of Brevard County Parks and Recreation.
Claire Cawthon, recreation program coordinator for Brevard County Parks and Recreation, said that this is the first time the event has been hosted at the Merritt Island High School pool.
"We hope to make this an annual event," she said. "(The lesson) is a great way to get introduced to pools and swimming and introduce youth to water safety. We hope to reduce child drowning."
The pool, which has a maximum capacity of 132 people, will have on-site check in at 10 a.m. The lesson, which will begin at 11 a.m., is for people of all ages, Ms. Cawthon said. The event has already registered participants at more than 45 locations throughout Florida.
Participants are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, and pre-registration is recommended.
The Merritt Island High School pool is located at 100 E. Mustang Way on Merritt Island.
The World's Largest Swimming Lesson will take place at 11 a.m. on June 20.
To register for the event, call the Central Area Operations Office at (321) 633-1874.