By Gary Budzak
Zoombezi Bay will be part of an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Swim Lesson” on June 20.
The Delaware County water park located next to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will join other water parks, pools and aquatic facilities around the world in a simultaneous swim lesson at 11 a.m. In addition to possibly breaking a record, the event seeks to raise awareness on the importance of teaching children how to swim.
“Our staff had heard about this and decided that they wanted to take part in it,” Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson told The Gazette. “This is the third or fourth year we have been participants.”
According to the Guinness World Records website, “The largest swimming lesson in multiple venues was 19,322 participants, achieved by Team WLSL (USA) at 235 locations throughout the world on 14 June 2011.”
Children ages 3 to 12 may participate, and those under 10 must have a parent or guardian present (their participation is optional). They will be given a basic 45-minute lesson at the Wild Tides Wave pool.
“The instructors are all from local facilities from around the community as well as some lifeguards here,” Wilson said.
To participate, you may register at www.zoombezibay.com or show up at the event. The cost is $10 per participant, which includes admission to the park. Guests will need to pay regular admission or show their Season Pass.
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