The unofficial first teaching period of the SwimSafe Danang program has been completed with a total of 585 children graduating from the program. The pass rates were extremely pleasing in at all teaching venues. Boys and girls are evenly represented in the pre-program cycle, with 36% of participants aged between 6 and 9 years old.
A heavier demand for the program this year, has seen extra lessons added at a number of venues and the expansion of one of the open water teaching locations, at Son Tra Beach, to allow more teachers (and therefore students) to teach during a lesson.
The SwimSafe program has now been officially launched for 2012, with official support from the Department of Education and Training (DOET) provided in a city wide meeting. Local television coverage was also generated for the launch.
Unfortunately we are again reminded of the dire need for programs that teach survival swimming and water safety skills in Vietnam with three children drowning in Quang Nam province, just south of Danang. The children, two aged 7 years and one aged 9, drowned in a river on June 1st.
If you would like to support the SwimSafe program in teaching survival swimming skills to Vietnamese children you can donate directly to the program via the Global Drowning Fund.