(WMC-TV) - We're sending a high five out to some Memphis kids who spent Tuesday morning as part of an international event - the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
When the clock struck 10 o'clock Tuesday morning, dozens of Memphis youngsters jumped in the pool at the Bickford Aquatic Center for a lesson on swimming.
The event's start time coincided with a world record attempt, as youngsters around the globe all began learning how to swim at the same time.
"It's called the world's largest swimming lesson and it really is happening all over the world," said Susan Helms, of Lebonheur.
For youngsters at the Bickford Aquatic Center in North Memphis, this event is helping to fulfill their lifelong dream - learning how to swim.
"I want to be the best swimmer in the world," shouted nine-year-old Darquaviavs Chatman.
And while these kids say swimming is a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous. Lifeguards say you must respect the water.
"Well first, you have to start with the basics and basically get them used to water," said Koai Martin, lifeguard. "Water can be dangerous so that's why you need to go by the rules certainly you need to swim with a buddy for children you need to have a grown up with you.">
Lebohneur hospital officials say they treat some 40 children a year because of drowning or near drowning situations. They're hoping event like this will bring those numbers down.
The event was sponsored by Make a Splash Mid-South, Lebonheur, Memphis Pool, Lehman Roberts and the Parks Commission.
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