People may be forgiven for thinking the Belle Haven swimming pool looked busier than usual on June 18 -- the facility was attempting to join the Guinness Book of World Records by participating in "the world's largest swim lesson," which takes place across multiple venues in a single day.
The current record is 19,322 participants, achieved by Team WLSL (USA) at 235 locations throughout the world on June 14, 2011, according to Guinness.
Alas, Belle Haven fell a bit short. "Each participating facility needed to have 25 kids in the lesson to qualify. We came up a little short since the lesson had to start at 8 a.m. Not a big deal," said Tim Sheeper of Menlo Swim and Sport, which was contracted by the city to run the facility.
More exciting, from Mr. Sheeper's viewpoint, is the change in operating hours. The Belle Haven pool is now open year-round, thanks to help from the city, Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation, Menlo Swim and Sport and Facebook. The pool previously was open only during the summer.
Mr. Sheeper said ESPN was also on hand July 1 to film a story about water polo expert Brenda Villa, a four-time Olympian, who now teaches at the pool.