Swimming lessons in Gatton for a world record
IN AN ATTEMPT to break the Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson, about 50 local children splashed around Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic centre's pool.
Created to raise awareness around swimming safety, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united last Friday for the sixth World's Largest Swimming Lesson.
Lockyer Valley Sports and Aquatic centre Manger David Reinhardt said there were approximately 500 locations in 23 countries participating in the lesson.
"Lessons are so important for young kids," he said.
"We are trying to create awareness about people making sure their child is comfortable in the water.
"This is the second year the centre has participated in the world record attempt and today we have nine teachers in the water."
Little Brooke Carpenter, 6, of Gatton has been swimming since she was aged two.
"I had lots of fun," she said.
"I really liked doing the rockets, where we dive into the water and kick really fast."
Mr Reinhardt said the lesson curriculum was a standardised syllabus used by teachers worldwide.
"Our groups are mixed, with different abilities happening at the same time aged between two and five years.
"The difference between this lesson and a normal lesson is we'd only have about five lessons going at once.
"Australia is the third largest nation in swimming and last year they broke the record, so this year we are hoping to beat it again."
The Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson stands at 36,564 participants, representing 22 different countries.