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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.

World Conference on Drowning Prevention, Danang 2011

Website Launched for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011
Address: www.worldconferenceondrowning.org
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and The Alliance for Safe Children, the hosts of the next International Life Saving Federation conference have launched a website promoting this fast approaching event. The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 will be held in Danang, Vietnam, 10-13th May 2011. The conference aims to focus world attention on the global burden of drowning, with a specific emphasis on the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries.
Along with Prevention, the conference will focus on the key areas of Drowning Research, Rescue, Disaster, Treatment and Collaboration. As the world authority in global efforts to prevent drowning, the International Life Saving Federation is keen to ensure that this conference has an impact on drowning related research, policy and practice.
The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 website has several features designed to build interest in the conference and the issue of drowning as we work towards Danang, including a news service, venue information and a database of Conference Ambassadors.  The hosts also aim to build a knowledge base of resources, projects, research and organisations, all focused on reinforcing the need for coordinated global advocacy to reduce drowning.
Vietnam, the setting for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011, is a vibrant country, with a rich history, diverse culture, friendly people and great food. Situated in central Vietnam, Danang is a bustling sea port, with a long sandy beach and is within reach of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tragically, more than 11,000 children drown in Vietnam each year, and typhoons cause heavy rain, flooding and storm surges that make preventing drowning a major priority to central and regional governments.
The conference will also include a visit to the SwimSafe Danang teaching sites to show the conference participants the first hand response to preventing the child drowning epidemic in Vietnam and the the Asian region.
Check it out now, and be sure to register your interest to ensure that you are updated as we get closer to Danang 2011

Please click logo to enter the World Conference on Drowning Prevention Website

Please click logo to enter the World Conference on Drowning Prevention Website

Address: www.worldconferenceondrowning.org

Royal Life Saving Society – Australia and The Alliance for Safe Children, the hosts of the next International Life Saving Federation conference have launched a website promoting this fast approaching event. The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 will be held in Danang, Vietnam, 10-13th May 2011. The conference aims to focus world attention on the global burden of drowning, with a specific emphasis on the epidemic of drowning deaths in developing countries. Read more

A SwimSafe Danang Success – Nui Thanh School

Mr Tu in action at Nui Thanh school

Mr Tu in action at Nui Thanh school

By Amy Peden, TASC, Danang Vietnam

The SwimSafe Danang program has already been a resounding success with over 5500 children taught the lifesaving skills of survival swimming and water safety since the program commenced in June, 2009. All 12 SwimSafe venues operating in Danang city have done an amazing job, but one venue of note is Nui Thanh school, based in Hai Chau district.

Nui Thanh school and staff, ably led by Mr Nguyen Duc Tu, SwimSafe instructor, has been one of the program’s highest performing venues with a total of 456 student s taught during the official 3 month summer period. The school then participated in the pilot after-school program training a further 80 students in these important skills. Read more

SwimSafe Da Nang instructors brush up on their skills

Rosanne Podmore and instructors practising survival sculling

Rosanne Podmore and instructors practising survival sculling

By Amy Peden, TASC, Da Nang Vietnam

On Saturday, September 19th, SwimSafe Da Nang conducted a refresher course for our 19 head instructors, prior to the commencement of the after-school program.

The training was held at Ngo Gia Tu school, in the Son Tra district, one of the 10 portable pool venues throughout Da Nang city. Training was conducted by Ms Rosanne Podmore, an AUSTSWIM qualified teacher of 21 years, with 11 years experience with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia. Read more

Photo Album: SwimSafe Danang Round 1

SwimSafe lesson at Be Van Dan School

SwimSafe lesson at Be Van Dan School

View through TASC Facebook page

Round 1 of the SwimSafe Danang program kicked off at the beginning of the Vietnamese summer school holidays, with 12 venues running, and over 2,000 children aged between 6 and 12 were 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.

Here are some photos of the children being put through their paces….

Amy Peden’s volunteer experience in drowning prevention

Amy Peden during a meeting in Da Nang

Amy Peden and Nguyen Mai Huong (HSPH) conducting a survey on water safety knowledge and awareness

by Belinda Lawton, RLSSA

Amy Peden has spent most of the past five months on the road – literally. As the Survival Swimming / Water Safety Project Officer for The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), gathering information from the local community in Da Nang, Vietnam has meant plenty of roadside meetings at small cafes across the provinces.

But while a dusty road might seem an uncomfortable setting for collecting background for TASC and the Hanoi School of Public Health’s Safe Da Nang project, it’s the part of the job Amy has come to value the most. The Safe Da Nang project aims to reduce injury, particularly drowning, in the region in coming years. Read more

SwimSafe Da Nang Officially Launched

Students watching a demonstration of CPR at the SwimSafe Launch

Children being taught how to perform CPR, by a SwimSafe trainer at the official launch of the program.

by Amy Peden, TASC, Danang Vietnam.

SwimSafe Da Nang has officially begun after a launch on Sunday May 31st at Be Van Dan primary school in Thanh Khe district. SwimSafe, a survival swimming program for children in South East Asia, aims to teach 5000 children in the three months of summer. As drowning is the number one killer of children in Vietnam, post-infancy, the SwimSafe program is a vitally important public health intervention aimed at addressing the child drowning epidemic across Asia. Read more

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