Schools who commenced the SwimSafe program ahead of the traditional summer vacation commencement continue to see children graduate from the program. As at May 28th, 10 of the 11 venues that started teaching early have completed testing of their students.
A total of 542 children have completed and graduated from the SwimSafe course so far this year. Students who complete the SwimSafe course are given a t-shirt and their achievement certificate. Many of these graduation ceremonies occur during whole of school ceremonies and meetings which have brought the SwimSafe program to the attention of local government official and parents.
The official first cycle of teaching has commenced at all venues, with many schools holding opening ceremonies and inviting both parents and student along. Principal Quyet of Be Van Dan Primary School, in Thanh Khe district, spoke to both students and parents about the importance of swimming and water safety. He also mentioned two other local schools without pools in the area, that had been invited to send students to Be Van Dan school to participate in the program.
The beach venue in Thanh Khe, has also commenced its first classes for Cycle 1. With a 5:30am start time, these classes are in high demand, with six different primary schools in the district contributing students to the classes.
To support the SwimSafe program by making a donation, please visit the Global Drowning Fund website.