SwimSafe classes commence early at Son Tra Beach

Students warming up at Son Tra beach before hitting the water

Students warming up at Son Tra beach before hitting the water

The SwimSafe program for 2012 has commenced early at Son Tra Beach, one of two open water training venues used by the SwimSafe program in Danang.

Teaching commenced on May 2nd, with 80 students in attendance, with the first class commencing at 5:15am. The large number of students participating has required the cooperation of accredited SwimSafe teachers from both the beach lifeguard service and from local primary schools in the area. This coordination has resulted in a ratio of 4 students to 1 teacher being maintained at all times to ensure the safety of the participants.

Both open water teaching locations, Son Tra Beach and Thanh Khe beach on the Danang Bay, recruit students from nearby schools that do not have portable pools. Due to the need to transport students to the beach, in the four year history of the SwimSafe program there has never been an early start to instruction at a beach venue. However, public support, in Son Tra, as well as the work from the Son Tra District Education Officer has generated support for an early class starting before the summer holidays commence.

Son Tra Beach early morning SwimSafe classes

Son Tra Beach early morning SwimSafe classes

The SwimSafe team offers its congratulations to Son Tra District Education officer, Mr Tien for generating the support to commence early instruction and to the Son Tra Lifeguard Service for their early support of the program at the beach.

Thanh Khe District Beach will commence instruction along with the remaining SwimSafe venues on May 21st.

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