Like many Asian countries, child drowning is a significant issue in Vietnam. While research is currently underway to update the drowning estimates, it is believed that approximately 10 children drown in Vietnam every day.

To combat this, SwimSafe Danang was established in 2009 – a pilot program based on Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive course. Over 20 lessons, each child is taught to swim 25m and tread water for over one minute – enough to keep them safe.

Furthermore, we know SwimSafe works. Soon to be released research into SwimSafe’s sister program in Bangladesh is showing a huge reduction in drowning for children who had completed the SwimSafe program.

Thanks to Royal Life Saving’s continual management, training and oversight, and the assistance of the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), SwimSafe Danang has continued to expand, growing from 4,626 children in 2010 to 5,839 children in 2011. But there are 65,000 school children in Danang alone and as news of the program spreads, SwimSafe continues to be inundated with requests from throughout Vietnam. If SwimSafe is to be truly effective, we need your help.

Please donate now and help reduce the number of children drowning in Vietnam.

SwimSafe has the strong support of Government of Vietnam and the Peoples Committee of Danang.

UK Family Raise Much Needed Funds for SwimSafe
The Preece Family, from England, were so moved by the child drowning epidemic across Asia that they decided to support the SwimSafe program as their charity for 2013.
Neri Ganzarski raises much needed funds for SwimSafe Bangladesh
As a lover of swimming with her local swim club in Seattle, Washington, Neri Ganzarski was saddened to learn about the high rate of drowning among children in Asia. She decided she would like to see what she could do to help and set about raising funds for our Survival Swimming project in Bangladesh.
Interventions Part 1: Creches
In the dramatic field of humanitarian aid, the Global Drowning Fund partners are showing how simple interventions can prevent child drowning by up to 90 per cent.
Pete and Vi Peterson recognised for the contribution of SwimSafe to the social development of Danang
Pete and Vi Peterson recognised for the contribution of SwimSafe to the social development of Danang
BBC Feature TASC Founder
Former POW and US Ambassador to Vietnam, Pete Peterson, is featured by the BBC about his work to prevent child drowning in the country which has held him captive in more ways than one.
Survival Swimming Bangladesh
Update on Survival Swimming Bangladesh
Drowning in Numbers - New TASC/UNICEF report released
A report released by Royal Life Saving partners The Alliance for Safe Children and UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre reinforces the notion that child drowning is a hidden epidemic across Asia.


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