As with any Guinness World Record, don't ask why. The answer is always going to be because. Because it's there. Because you, he, she, they, or we can. It's part of human nature, spirit, competition, and, frankly, the reason the Guinness World Record exists. It's also a not-so-subtle PR method, a way of getting your name, company or brand on the map.
To satisfy those burning questions:
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Where: Algarrobo, Chile
Size: 62 miles (100 kilometers)
When: After it was built in 2006
While Olympic-size swimming pools are definitely big, the world's "Largest Swimming Pool by Area" honors goes to a large, water sports and activity-oriented seaside resort in Chile. Its freshwater lagoon, built by the international firm Crystal Waters, entertains water- and sun-loving guests at the San Alfonso del Mar year-round. This picture may explain part of the appeal, if you happen to like really big pools.
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Deepest Pool for Diving
When: June 5, 2014
What: The Y-40 diving pool
Where: Montegrotto Terme, Italy
Size: The pool has a depth of almost 138 feet (42 meters) at its deepest point. It contains approximately 1,135,939 U.S. gallons (4.3 million liters) of thermal water.
Details: Designed by Emanuele Boaretto, the Y-40 and is used for is used for dive training, leisure diving, and scientific research.
The pool is 21 m (68 ft 10.77 in) long and 18 m (59 ft 0.66 in) wide and features various intermediate depths, four caves for underwater diving.
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Largest Inflatable Pool Toy
When: Reported June 5, 2017
Where: Hermosa Beach, California
Details: As a promotion, AT&T and IHeart Radio teamed up to create the world's largest inflatable pool toy at a Southern California beach. After making her debut, Sally the Swan, a 54-foot-tall blue inflatable swan, was shipped to Florida, where she appeared at an IHeart Radio weekend event.
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Most People to Swim One Length in a 24-Hour Relay
When: June 11-12, 2010
What: Most people swimming one length in a 24-hour relay
Where: Padovanuoto, Padua (Padova), Italy
Cause: Swim For Children
Youngest Participant: 4 years old
Oldest Participant: 81 years old
The most participants to swim one length each during a 24-hour relay is 5,028 and was set by Swim For Children in Italy. More than 50,000 EUR ($61,000) was raised for the Paediatric Research Institute "Citt della Speranza". Participants covered a distance of more than 92 km (57 mi).Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Longest Duration Juggling Three Objects Underwater
When: April 1, 2012
Where: Reute, Germany
Juggling sensation Nikolay Linder of Germany scored the title of "Longest Underwater Juggling of Three Objects" in just 2 minutes and 48 seconds. He beat a previous record of one hour and 30 minutes accomplished a year earlier by Zdeněk Bradáč of Czechia. The difference? Linder did not wear scuba gear.
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Largest Skinny Dipping, Multiple Venues
When: July 11, 2008
Where: Throughout the United States
Number of Participants: 13,674
The largest skinny dipping event involved 13,674 Participants, organized by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) at 103 club resorts in July 2008.
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Largest Skinny Dipping
When: June 9, 2018
Where: Wicklow, Ireland
Number of Skinny Dippers: 2,505
The awkwardly titled "Largest Skinny Dipping" (swimming naked) record goes to an event organized in Ireland by Deirdre Featherstone to raise awareness of breast cancer. The event raised funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, a National Children’s Cancer Charity.
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Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool
When: April 12, 2019 Number of Nationalities: 102 people
Who: Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Guiness World Record for Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool was both attempted and achieved by and at the Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The group event celebrated the year of tolerance in UAE.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swimming Caps
When: June 24, 2017
Who: Ying Wa Family
Where: Hong Kong
How Many: The largest gathering of people wearing swim caps ever was 2,584 people
How many people can you persuade to wear those tight swimming caps? If it's for a good cause, the record so far is 2,584 at an event organized by Ying Wa Family at the Ying Wa School campus in Shamshuipo, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. The even brought together supporters of the school to raise funds for a new auditorium.
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Most People Performing a Synchronized Swimming Routine
When: August 8, 2017
Who: Elena Martinez and friends
Where: Ávila, Spain
The record for the most people performing a synchronized swimming routine is 247, during an event organized by Elena Martinez in Ávila, Spain. The routine took place during a 50-year celebration of the Urbanización Coto de Puenteviejo.
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Most Underwater Rope Jumps
When: October 13, 2014
Where: Raleigh, North Carolina
Just think how much time you waste in one hour, watching TV or fooling around online. You could achieve what professional rope skipper Peter Nestler did in the fall of 2014: in just one hour, Nestler jumped rope underwater 1,871 times at a pool in Raleigh, North Carolina. Apparently, it took Nestler nearly a year to find just the right rope for attempting this Guinness record.