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Swimmers try to make a splash in the record books

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Swimmers in San Diego gathered Tuesday morning, hoping to make a splash in the record books.

Fourteen pools in San Diego county participated in an attempt to stage the world's largest swim lesson.

The hour-long lesson was synchronized with pools around the world. The goal was to gather 25,000 participants.

This is the third year the event has been held. Organizers say it's designed to promote water safety.

"The whole idea behind this event is swimming lessons save lives. We encourage parents to enroll their kids in swimming lessons," aquatic supervisor Becky Jackman-Beeler said.

Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among kids ages 1 to 4.

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