Swimmers from all those locations took the plunge Thursday, trying to set the Guinness record for the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.”
An estimated 20,000 took part in the global event.
At Shipshewana’s Splash Universe, youngsters gathered at the indoor waterpark to not only help set the Guinness record, but to learn how to be safe in the water.
“It’s just a very important think for children to learn, so that they can be safe and have fun in the water,” says Shawn Bowman, of Splash Universe.
What Thursday's event has to beat: The largest swimming lesson in multiple venues was 19,322 participants, achieved by Team WLSL (USA) at 235 locations throughout the world on June 14, 2011, according to Guinness' Website.
Organizers expect to know if the new Guinness record was set on Thursday. WSBT will let you know how the effort turned out.