MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new record for the world’s largest simultaneous swimming lesson could have been beaten on Thursday morning.

Hundreds in Edina joined the worldwide challenge to help raise awareness for water safety.

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Around 10 a.m., pool-safety organizations and advocates around the world hosted the simultaneous swimming lessons.

Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation hosted a local session at Edina Aquatic Center.

Several hundred kids and their families participated and learned basic lifesaving techniques. A representative from Guinness was there to take count of the 600 people expected to participate.

Scott Taylor started the Abbey’s Foundation after his 6-year-old daughter died after a tragic pool accident in 2008.

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He says his mission is to prevent other families from suffering a similar loss.

Whether or not a new Guinness world record was set Thursday will be known in the coming days.

The current record is 35,000 people.

The record attempt comes on the same week a 3-year-old girl drowned in a Brooklyn Park pool.

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And last month, two young boys nearly drowned at an abandoned pool in St. Paul.