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      Kroc Center focuses on safety at World's Largest Swimming Lesson

      From blowing bubbles, splashing, and floating on your back, the lesson was a big hit with the around 80 students.

      The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center was a part of an attempt to break a world record on Friday.

      In an effort to help prevent drowning, the Kroc Center was a part of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson.

      This is the second year that the Kroc Center helped attempt to break a world record.

      For Aquatic Specialist Nanette Johnson being a part of a world record is exciting, but she cares more about the impact she's making on these kids.

      "It's just exciting just to see them all in our pool and having fun ," said Johnson. " And that's the biggest thing for us with our swim lessons is just to make sure they enjoy what they're doing, and we can kind of teach them little bits at a time from there."

      With lifeguards stationed in and around the pool, the lesson took place in a short 30 minutes.

      From blowing bubbles, splashing, and floating on your back, the lesson was a big hit with the around 80 students.

      "You have to learn how to swim because when you get older you're going to have to learn how to swim because if you don't know, you're not able to touch the ground , " said Jocelyn Weaver.

      "My favorite was definitely trying to dive in ," Faith Bondon said. " And it was fun because you had to try to dive in and I got to do it by myself without them helping me so I was excited on that part."

      "The lifeguards may sometimes not be there because sometimes you're just in your pool and your parents aren't around sometimes and you're just swimming alone and you might drown or something and nobody's there , " said Lynsey Bandy.

      Drowning is the second leading cause of death for kids under the age of 14.

      Getting a child involved with swim lessons by the ages of one to four can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent .

      That is why Johnson hopes to reach out to as many children as possible through swim lessons.

      "We're not going to be able to teach them anything if they're not comfortable in the pool or with us, so that's the first step that we take is to make sure they're comfortable with us, especially living on the Mississippi, it's really important to us at the Kroc Center" Johnson said.

      This is the 5th year this event has taken place worldwide.