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Gearing up for SwimSafe Da Nang 2010

TOT participants gather around the pool during training in Danang, 25 April 2010.

TOT participants will train an additional 80 teachers in the updated SwimSafe 2010 curriculum.

TASC and RLSSA kicked off the SwimSafe 2010 program in Da Nang on Sunday, 25 April with a trainers workshop which provided 22 local swimming instructors with updates on the Swim Safe curriculum and gave them practical instruction in the pool from an RLSSA Senior trainer.

The Workshop was held at the TASC compound and was organized by TASC Da Nang in cooperation with the instructors from the Da Nang Department of Education and Da Nang Life Guard Service. Ms. Maureen Summerhayes, an Australian instructor with over 30 years experience training swimming teachers, came in from RLSSA in Sydney to lead the class.

Course content was presented which addressed changes to last year’s curriculum. Of specific interest to the swimming instructors were changes in the pre-assessment process, the certification test, and the lesson plans. The objective of SwimSafe is to make children water safe, and the 2010 curriculum puts a more focused emphasis on survival swimming skills.  As this is the second year of the Da Nang program, lessons learned from last year have been incorporated into the curriculum changes.

The program included a “wet lab” where six children of different abilities helped the RLSSA instructor demonstrate proper training techniques and give the local instructors an opportunity to work in the water with the instructor.

Maureen Summerhayes from RLSSA shared her expertise with our Vietnamese trainers in what was a very successful workshop.

Maureen Summerhayes from RLSSA shared her expertise with our Vietnamese trainers in what was a very successful workshop.

The target for 2010 is again 5000 primary school children in grades P1-P 5. This encompasses children aged 6-11.  Older students, aged 10-11, are given practical lessons in resuscitation as well as the basic course in survival swimming and water safety. The program will be run in 10 portable pools set up on primary school campuses with primary school teachers serving as the instructors and one or two beach venues which are managed by the life guards. These 22 instructors will help train an additional 80 swimming instructors during May with the program getting underway the first week of June when summer vacation begins. The majority of the teachers will be returning teachers from last year’s program.

SwimSafe is a collaborative program in child water safety between The Alliance for Safe Children, the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia, and local institutions in Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Not Drowning, Waving – AYAD Magazine Article

AYAD Exchange Magazine Oct-Dec 2009

Exchange Magazine Oct Dec 2009

Amy Peden has recently published an article on the SwimSafe Danang Project and her volunteer experience as part of the AYAD program in the AYAD magazine ‘Exchange’. The magazine focuses on development issues and how AYAD volunteers and their host organisations are working to respond to those issues and on partnerships between Australian Partner organisations (APOs) and AYAD/host organisations and how these partnerships are impacting on development in the Asia Pacific region. The article can be found by visiting the AYAD website ( and following the links.

Proud Graduates from SwimSafe Da Nang

SwimSafe DaNang graduating class from -------- school, August 2009

SwimSafe Da Nang graduating class from Ngo Gia Tu school, August 2009

By Amy Peden, TASC, Da Nang Vietnam

With the summer school holidays over, the results of the first three months of SwimSafe Da Nang are in. Across the 12 venues, a total of 4718 children participated in the program with plenty of fun had by all participants!

The SwimSafe program is a survival swimming and water safety program aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12. Children are taught basic swimming, floating and rescue skills as well as water safety knowledge. For participants aged 10 and over SwimSafe also includes a component on CPR awareness and skills.

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