CHICAGO — You can head to any of 76 Park District pools on Thursday if you want a shot at breaking a Guinness World Record.
The Park District is joining in on a worldwide effort to break the record for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. To do that, it needs Chicagoans from all over to head to a pool at 6 p.m. Thursday and participate in a free swim lesson.
The Park District participated in an event to help break the same record last year and had more than 600 people join. It hopes this year sees an even bigger turnout.
The global event is part of an effort to help prevent the drowning of children and raise awareness of how swimming lessons can help kids and reduce the risk of drowning.
“Swimming is valuable life skill that we encourage both children and adults to learn,” said Park District CEO Michael Kelly in a statement. “The Chicago Park District is proud to offer free learn to swim lessons for beginners and access to swimming in park pools year round for residents of all ages and abilities.”
There are 76 pools in the city where people can join in to help break the record. Participants can register in advance or register on-site at 5 p.m. Thursday. The lesson starts 6 p.m.