Swimmers help set world record for largest swimming lesson

June 8, 2010

Young and old to be named in Guinness Book

Issaquah residents helped swimming pools reach new heights June 3 by participating in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

More than 50 people, ages 4 to 85, came to the Julius Boehm Pool to participate in the history-making event that took place at more than 200 locations in nine countries.

Local participants joined others from as far away as Lebanon, Zambia and Dubai for the lesson, held simultaneously. In all, the swim lesson was expected to have more than 10,000 participants worldwide. As of Monday, an official number still hadn’t been compiled.

Cameron Simmons takes a big gulp of air before bobbing underwater as K.C. Gere (left) and Katie Hirshberg (in background) teach two children’s classes, part of a coordinated worldwide swim class record attempt at the Julius Boehm Pool. By Greg Farrar

This is the first year the world record has been attempted. It was created to promote the need for water safety education, swim lessons and to help reduce incidences of drowning worldwide, according to a press release from World’s Largest Swim Lesson, the organization that coordinated the efforts.

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Help break the world record for largest swim lesson Thursday

June 2, 2010

NEW — 9 a.m. June 2, 2010

Just in time for summer, Julius Boehm Pool is looking to break a world record Thursday morning — and you can help.

The pool’s swim instructors, lifeguards and managers will try to break the world record for the world’s largest swim lesson.

In a town renowned for its swimming community — thanks to pool namesake Julius Boehm, a candy maker, Olympic swimmer and community swim instructor — it’s only appropriate for Issaquah to shatter the record.

If you’d like to participate, check in at the pool’s office at 6:45 a.m. The lesson will last from 7-7:45 a.m. The pool is located at 50 S.E. Clark St.

Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel, and be prepared to get wet.