2011 was another successful year for the SwimSafe Danang program. In total, over 5,800 children were taught during the year taking the total number of children reached by the program to well over 15,000.
The program has expanded its period of operation and now includes a before and after school program that runs from March to May and an after school program that runs from November to February. The bulk of the programs activities occur between April and October.
The program has also expanded the number of training sites it can offer in 2011. The program is now delivered in 14 venues, 11 portable pools located in schools, 1 permanent pool at the Danang Rehabilitation Hospital and 2 open water venues that are run in partnership with the Danang Lifeguard Service.
SwimSafe Danang was established in 2009 as a component of the Safe Danang project. SwimSafe Danang is a large scale pilot program that uses survival swimming lessons as a drowning prevention strategy in Danang, Vietnam.
Survival swimming is a much needed skill in Vietnam. Recently published data shows that drowning is the leading cause of death after infancy in Asia and may exceed 250,000 deaths every year. While drowning is known to affect individuals, families, communities and nations in ways similar to other preventable diseases, it has not yet captured the full attention of international, regional or national development agencies.
SwimSafe Danang is set to commence its fourth year in 2012 and again aims to teach over 5,000 children the lifesaving skills of survival swimming and water safety. Continued thanks go to the key partners of the SwimSafe Danang program including The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), the People’s Committee of Danang and the Department of Education and Training. Funding is provided by AusAID, with program support from Royal Life Saving Society – Australia.