Kids Attempt to Break Guinness Record with World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of children participated in coordinated swimming lessons around the world Friday as organizers attempted to set a Guinness record and raise awareness on drowning.

Nearly 50 states and 26 countries took part in the "World's Largest Swim Lesson," in an effort to beat the old record of 13 countries.

Drowning is the number cause of unattended childhood death in the United States, according to experts, and Friday's attempt sought to draw attention to the issue.

"Roughly 400 kids drown in pools and spas and unfortunately that number is not going down," said Bob Adler, commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

11-year-old Micah Smith participated in a D.C.-area event, citing the value of learning to swim for safety reasons.

"I think it's important for me to learn how to swim because if you ever, i think if you ever get stuck in a situation and like if you're older, it always comes back to you," Smith said.

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