Survival swimming is a life skill that every child should have. The goal is that one day, every person in Kenya will have access to survival swimming. The world health organization WHO identified 10 actions to prevent drowning. The importance of teaching Survival swimming to children was one of them.
Survival swimming generally consists of learning the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Roll into deep water and surface with head above water with the airway open, any action to keep head above water for a period of time, including treading water for 30 to 90 minutes. Swimming in a controlled direction in any manner for 10 to 50 meters.
Arming children with these life-saving skills can have a long life immunization-like effect against Drowning.
Survival swimming which has proven to be an effective drowning prevention strategy has been implemented in many countries including, Bangladesh, India, Canada, and others.
Survival swimming is not meant to replace traditional swimming lessons, but rather to teach the basic fundamental skills necessary to survive an expected fall into deep water-an important step to been safe around water. The focus is on survival and getting to safety. The skills do not include “styles points” aiming to have everyone learn to swim remains a worthy goal. But survival swimming can be acquired easily. By more people in less time and at low cost than the traditional swimming lessons.
In a perfect world, everyone would take lessons to learn to swim. Unfortunately, and for a variety of reasons the vast majority of people do not have this opportunity. , meanwhile, the world’s non –
swimmers who live, work play in, on and around water-especially young children-are at high risk of drowning. The more we work together in implementing survival swimming program guide, the more life’s can be saved. We urge all the concerned to join us and protect the most vulnerable without delay.