It's beach season in Florida and it's never too late to learn how to swim. So why not attempt to break a world record at the same time?

UCF's Recreation and Wellness Center is teaming up with World's Largest Swimming Lesson to host a location to break the Guinness World Record for, as the name states, the largest swimming lesson.

The global event is held every year on a set date and time. This year, the event will be on Thursday, June 18. A list of locations the event will be held at are on the WLSL website.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the RWC lap pool. The event will start at 10 a.m. and will last for approximately 30 minutes.

The lesson is free to the public. Participants will be asked to sign a WSLS logbook sheet before the lesson as required for inclusion in the record count.

Across the world, participants will be learning the same swimming curriculum.

According to the WLSL website, the curriculum is developed by a team of leading water safety and swim instruction professionals and will follow an easy, beginner's lesson plan to allow for the broadest participation possible.

The WLSL team seeks to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. With drowning being the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages one to 14, the message is one that could save lives.

In the last five years, WLSL has set five world records for the largest swimming lesson, according to the Guinness Book of World Record's website.

In 2014, more than 36,000 people participated in the lesson. The event spanned across 480 locations in 22 countries around the world.

WLSL is being presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations, such as the World Waterpark Association and the National Aquatic Safety Company.

To learn more about WSLS and the event, visit their website at


Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at

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