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Keeping Your Family Safe at the Pool

Official numbers are still being tallied, but swimmers in Wichita Falls helped set a new Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. The event, held Tuesday morning at Castaway Cove Waterpark, is geared at helping children learn to swim and be safe in the water.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-14. There are things that can be done to prevent it. Organizers of the lesson hope to do just that. Knowing the resource is there brings comfort to Cheryl Kent. She had a friend who lost a child to a poll accident. "You don't realize what those little ones can do, they do it before you realize what's going on and then they're in and they drown," she said. 

Steve Vaughn, Park Manager says there are things you can do to make time in the water more-safe. "The biggest thing is never go swim alone. Wear a life jacket if you're not a strong swimmer," he said. 

The World's Largest Swimming Lesson have a list of water safety tips. You can see the full list here

To see pictures and videos from around the globe from the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson, click here.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

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