Clayton Shaw Park Aims for Guiness World Record Tomorrow
Organizers World-Wide Shooting for Biggest Participation Ever With Beginning Swim Lesson Event.
The Clayton-Shaw Park aquatics staff is doing its part to help break the Guinness World Record for the largest individual swim lesson.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m.”Our plans are holding it outdoors at the Shaw Park pool, but if its 70 degrees or below, we will go indoors at the Center of Clayton,” said Chris Cholley, assistant aquatic supervisor Parks & Recreation for the City of Clayton.
The parks department has been taking advance registrations and right now, they are looking at 30 or so participants (ages 3-14).
Organizers will take walk in participants tomorrow morning. The pool deck will open at 9:15 a.m. either at Shaw Park or the Center of Clayton for registration, a free breakfast and instructions.
“We are part of a program where lessons will be given around the world simultaneously, on two continents. We are lucky to be in the time zone where it will be 10 in the morning,” said Cholley.
Last year, the program was launched during the school year and attendance was light. “If the weather is hot and dry, we’ll get more taking part,” said Cholley.
Nine instructors and two supervisors are standing by to give the introductory lessons. These instructors are all Water Safety Instructors, (WSI), certified by the American Red Cross. They will first do skills assessments, followed by instruction for introductory strokes.
A judge will be on site to certify the exact count of participants, and soon they will feed the information worldwide to see if a record has been broken. That would be in the range of some 30,000+ worldwide.
“We’re doing our part. We think we will break that record,”said Cholley.
Organizers will determine the location by 8 a.m. That information will be on the hotlines:
Manager, Shaw Park: 314-290-8591, swim hot line: 314-290-8592, or the Center of Clayton (314)290-8500.
Children from Ladue and Frontenac are expected to take part along with a host of Clayton residents.
The event website is: www.worldslargestswimlesson.org.