Learn to Swim
Survival swimming is a powerful and effective way to prevent drowning. Our swimming instructors are trained to teach children survival swimming skills and basic stroke development. At the completion of their training, students should be able to swim 25 meters independently. Additionally, they learn how to float, tread water, fall in, and safely swim to shore. Each year Swim for Life provides refresher training courses to ensure our swimming instructors abide by the international standards of learn-to-swim programs.
Water Safety Education
In addition to our Learn-to-Swim Program, Swim for Life is pursuing the implementation of a Water Safety Education Program. The intervention involves a 60-minute presentation and demonstration that can be effectively delivered in a classroom or all-school setting; thus, we can dramatically expand our reach with minimal cost in time and money. In August of this year, we partnered with Swim Vietnam, a leading INGO in drowning prevention in Vietnam who provides internationally-accredited swim and water safety training. Swim Vietnam taught water safety techniques to over 400 teachers and staff within our Province to begin our water safety education program. Our goal is to empower all primary schools within Quang Binh Province to engage in a “100% participation” initiative by offering the water safety demonstration and presentation to all students. The reach will be dramatic with over 72,000 children gaining this life-saving information. Additionally, we created and are implementing pre and post assessments to ensure strong learning outcomes, and to continuously improve both the content and delivery of these critical water safety messages.