The “A Chance for Children” fairy tale book has three aims; to be a hymn to human empowerment, to celebrate the inspirational work of Greg Bonann and Tai Collins and to become a means for drowning prevention and water safety education. For these reasons, in 2015 the Secretary General of Public Health in the Ministry of Health included the fairy tale book in the “Hellenic National Water Safety Program” created by Stathi as free e-learning module. In 2016, the book was completed and formed a water safety project. The project “A Chance for Children” was approved by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religion. It aims to reach about 500,000 primary school children in Greece and millions others worldwide.
Moses Kalanzi and Swim Safe Uganda celebrated IWSD by going around educating the youth about being safe around water.
Also, recently, they have created a strategy to provide a massive awareness campaign through the country on aquatic survival by passing information about water safety inside of the school system. Water safety education will be a part of every school’s curriculum beginning in 2017.
Thirty students, instructors, and volunteers gathered this morning. The event was done in collaboration with the Tamarin Youth Centre, Tamarin Village Council, and Surf Lifesaving of Mauritius and sponsored by Rajesh Cooshna, President of the Tamarin Village Council and Viraj Ramharai, International Lifesaving Trainer and Water Wise Instructor.
“This is our 5th year we are organising the International Water Safety Day in Mauritius. Every day we should celebrate the International Water Safety Day in Mauritius, this will keep our youth active.” – Viraj Ramharai
Shaun and Miriam, along with Dr. Angela Beale and Janelle Atkinson, visited Kingston schools to spread drowning awareness and teach water safety rules. Shaun & Janelle were also interviewed on the SportsMax Zone.
Nate teamed up with Sail Nauticus and Norfolk Public Schools to put on the 1st Annual Water Safety Carnival. Two-time Olympic swimmer James Bernard Walsh spoke about how swimming has impacted his life. Former Head Coach for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, Jim Brinkman, also volunteered his time and expertise.
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This year on May 15th, Diversity in Aquatics (DAP) gave the Moran Club a fun and educational day to remember. Thaddeus Gamory, DAP Councils Chair, convened a group of aquatic professionals from as far away as California and Philadelphia who engaged 235 members as they rotated through seven stations; Lifeguard/Ocean rescue, drowning prevention, water polo, competitive swimming, triathlon, SCUBA diving and marine science. Each member received a card with the 10 Water Safety Rules as well as a gift bag with coloring books, swim caps and other items. More importantly, they learned about aquatics careers and water safety. THIS WAS ALL DONE WITH NO WATER.
Among the presenters was Miriam, who is a Club Alumni and attended a Club on an army base in Germany. She is a coach and teacher in the D.C. area. Charles Lumpkin is a retired coach, spring board diver and SCUBA diver who runs the record breaking Classroom Under the Sea. Charlie grew up in the Boys Clubs of Philadelphia. Rhonda Marable of Oakland, California is a former member of the US National Water Polo team and currently works for USA Swimming. The Department of Health, American Red Cross, Swim Central, Deerfield Beach Ocean Rescue, BSO and Boca Raton Aquatics Department was also present. The School Board of Broward County recognized DAP with a resolution for International Water Safety Day at their June 9th meeting.
May 13-16. IWSD, joined by Olympians Kate Ziegler and Janelle Atkinson, will be visiting 15 schools and teaching 5,000 children about drowning awareness and water safety education. In conjunction with St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team www.stcroixdolphins.org hosted on the beautiful island of St. Croix www.visitstcroix.com
For two weeks, Nate, along with Patti & Jamie Kilgore from Oregon, led a learn-to-swim project on the remote Maldivian island of Eydafushi. This is captured and documented in Jon Bowermaster’s documentary, “Sink or Swim: Learning the Crawl in the Maldives
International Water Safety Day May 15, 2014: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Free Swim Malidives
IWSD organizes a group of aquatic professionals to speak on behalf of H.Res. 658. This bill was introduced by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and co-sponsored by Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) in support of the goals and ideals of International Water Safety Day.
List of presenters:
Wanda Butts, 2013 CNN Hero and founder of The Josh Project
Henry Reyes, President of the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA)
Scott Wolfson, US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Connie Harvey, American Red Cross
Dr. E. Newton Jackson, President, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
Dr. Angela Beale, Council for Aquatic Professionals
Kimberly Charis, National Association of State Boards of Education
Kevin McCartney, Boys & Girls Club of America
Mike Espino, YMCA of the USA
Alicia McConnell, United States Olympic Committee
Debbie Hesse, USA Swimming Foundation
Shaun teaches, with the help of friend Chris Bey, a 90 minute class on water safety education at the Maria Claudi Falcone School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Oddly enough, the school’s pool had been closed for years and was filled with desks and chairs.