Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool may not host any Olympic competitions this summer, but it can still help in an attempt to set a world record.
On Thursday, June 14, the facility will participate in the world's largest multi-venue swimming lesson. Sites around the world will cover the same material simultaneously.
Pool Manager Jayda Haight said the main goal is water safety. The YMCA is also promoting the event, she said, and telling swimmers they can participate at BVSP.
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Ready for a record
The staff at Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool is ready to help set a world record. Left to right are, front row, Jerica Haight, lifeguard; Jayda Haight, pool manager/lifeguard; and Dylan Kay, lifeguard; back row, Cody Haight, front desk; and Rebekah Camp, lifeguard.
Other host sites are hours away, Haight said, and each one needs at least 25 participants to be counted. BVSP should have at least that many people, she said, though the total number would be hard to predict.
"We have to do registration," Haight said. "When the people first get there, two witnesses have to sign a form saying they are participating."
Next, Haight said, the information will be sent to Orlando, Fla., which will serve as headquarters for the event. They'll count up the results and let everyone know if they broke the record which was set last year.
At that time, Haight said, more than 20,000 participated. While the lesson will start at 11 a.m. at BVSP, she said other start times will reflect local time zones.
For 30 to 45 minutes, Haight said all participants will have the same lesson. It will cover the basics, she said, like floating, kicking the feet and moving the arms.
"It's a simple, laid-back lesson," Haight said.
According to Haight, one thing the event will also help accomplish is promoting further instruction at BVSP. Swimming classes will start one week later, she said.
There will be no charge for the record-breaking attempt, Haight said, though t-shirts will be available at $10 each to commemorate the event. Checks should be made payable to Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool and dropped off at the Youngsville Borough Office by May 25, she said, where registration forms will be available.
People can participate even if they didn't sign up, Haight said, although they'll still have to sign in. The most important thing isn't breaking a world record, she said, but water safety.
"Being educated can save lives," Haight said.