A swimming academy in Dublin is one of more than 100 aquatic facilities around the world that are participating in what is being called "The World's Largest Swimming Lesson" on Thursday.
The swimming lesson is being presented by a coalition of the nation's leading water safety and training organizations as a way of focusing attention on the importance of teaching children to swim.
Organizers hope participants in the event will set an international Guinness World Record.
Organizers say that drowning is the second leading cause of unintended injury-related deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 14 and research shows that if children don't learn to swim before the third grade they likely never will.
The host location in Dublin is the American Swim Academy at 6948 Sierra Court. The local lesson will start at 7 a.m.
The huge swimming lesson at pools and water parks around the globe is part of National Water Safety Month.