CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Aquatic centers across the nation are coming together to set the world record for the world's largest swimming lesson.
The goal is to raise awareness for water safety and encourage all children to learn the basics of swimming.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages one to 14.
Recent research by the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows on average about 390 kids died from drowning each year from 2011 to 2013.
More than 40,000 people are expected to participate this year.
The world record was set at just over 36,000 in 2014.
Cape Splash is one of the aquatic centers hosting a swimming lesson.
Aquatic Manager Patrick Watson said he expects around 50 people to attend.
"This event is mostly driven towards promoting swim lessons and swimming skills in youth," Watson said. "You don't have to be a competitive swimmer to be able to swim. You need to be able to swim for safety reasons. Once you got safety taken care of you can focus on the fun aspect of it."
Watson said in a lot of cases drowning can be prevented when children have swimming basics.
"The basics you learn as far as buoyancy, treading water, floating on your back, floating on your front, forward locomotion, those are the things, not only are they fundamentals of swimming as a sport but it's also the basics of how to stay safe around water," Watson said.