Posted Date: Thursday, June 14, 2012

By: Russell Wilde

Swimmers at the Schlitterbahn water park worked together with thousands of others Thursday morning to make history.

People gathered at pools and water parks across the nation to take part in what they hoped would set the record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson.

For many of the young swimmers at Schlitterbahn, it was their first formal swimming lesson.

"There's nothing that we're more passionate about than drowning prevention,” Jeffrey Siebert with the water park said. “That's really what the world's largest swim lesson is about. It's preventing children from drowning."

Austin-based non-profit Colin's Hope partnered with the water park for the record-breaking attempt.

"The record is sort of a platform to get out a message about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention,” Alissa Magrum with Colin's Hope said.

For parents, the mass swimming lesson gave kids the chance to cool off, while learning something that could save their lives.

"Learning how to swim is so important,” Magrum said. “It's a layer of protection that we can put into place, along with things like constant visual supervision, wearing life jackets, learning CPR and insuring barriers to water that can help prevent children from drowning."

This week mark the 4th anniversary of Colin Holst's drowning at an Austin health club. Since then, Colin's Hope was formed to help prevent children from drowning.