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Elkhart swim school hopes to break world record

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. An Elkhart swim school is working to take action against that statistic.

"We're focused on preventing drowning," says Kari Shepard, co-owner of Shepard Swim School.

She says it's that time of year again where parents need to keep a close eye on their kids. "When they're walking and they're toddlers it;s very dangerous for them to be around any body of water. we like to prevent it."

The CDC also reports one in five accidental drownings happen to kids 14 years old and younger. Shepard says it's never too early to enroll your child in swim lessons. She says they start classes there at Shepard "as soon as they're infants and their cord is falling off."

 That's exactly what young Kahyln Shepard did.

 "I've been swimming since I was born," says Kahyln.

Shepard doesn't just teach kids to swim locally. They're part of a global effort.

"Today is the world's largest swim lesson," says Shepard.

50 swimmers came out to Shepard Friday morning in hopes to break a world record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson. If they succeed, it will be the 5th year they've been part of breaking the record which stands at just over 32,000 participants world-wide. Shepard says it's not all about beating a record.

"The kids here mean the world to us as all kids do," she added.

And young Kahyln tells non-swimmers, there's no need to be afraid of the water,

" I would tell them it's pretty easy to swim and all you have to do is come to Shepard swim school to be able to learn how to swim."

13 countries participated in trying to break the world record today, and hope the event raises more awareness to preventing accidental drownings.
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