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.

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.

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.

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

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