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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Rachel Jacobi teaches a swim lesson at the same time as thousands of other lessons around the world to set a new global record for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful on Thursday, June 14, 2012.

BOUNTIFUL — Thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the globe united to set a new global record for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson. The South Davis Recreation Center served as an official host location for the record-setting event.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning. Last year's WLSL event grew more than 400 percent with 20,000-plus participants representing 13 countries and 45 states in the U.S.

The WLSL program works to promote drowning prevention through education by focusing the energy of thousands of participants on a clear and specific message all at the same time, according to a press release.