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.