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Drowning prevention campaign in Kenya

There is nothing as harrowing and painful as losing a loved one to drowning. Worldwide statistics show that over 300,000 people die as a result of drowning annually. 90% of these cases happen predominantly in third world countries especially Kenya. However, the figures are not ironclad. Children and young adults are at a greater risk of drowning. Despite the gravity of the situation, very little has been done towards the prevention of the same. Little or no resources are geared towards this end. Lifesaving Africa Rescuers’ drowning prevention campaign was started in 2016.

 The aforesaid campaign was meant to sensitize and help in the implementation of preventive strategies. This was to be as outlined in the WHO Global report on drowning. The report aptly pointed out that little has been done to address this issue.  The government has been tasked with the responsibility of implementing the report. There are many such preventive measures outlined in the report. 

The report is timely and points out what can be done by implementing the following measures. Installing barriers to limit access to water. The provision of safe places for preschoolers away from water and the engaging of capable caretakers for the same. Teaching children swimming and other water safety requirements. The report also requires bystanders to be trained in safe rescue techniques and resuscitation. Setting and enforcing safe boating, Shipping and ferry regulations. There is also the managing of flood risks and other natural occurrences and disasters.

Public sensitization via strategic communications and developing a national water safety plan is the government’s purview. The above has been touted as the best way to intervene and prevent drowning which is rated as a leading cause of death.  It is along these lines that the Lifesaving Africa Rescuers has taken an active role in teaching children on how to swim and thereafter engaging them on junior lifesaving courses and even lifesaving competitions. This is all going to be an ongoing campaign on water safety and survival swimming. This project will go a long way in curbing and reducing deaths that are the outcome of drowning. All this is aimed at sensitizing the general public that some of the cases are preventable through the concerted efforts of the community and other relevant authorities.  

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Lifesaving course training in Kenya

Over 360,000 people die annually from drowning. However, taking a lifesaving course can help one reduce the statistics. With lifesaving skills, one stands a higher chance of keeping an individual from drowning.

There are a number of lifesaving courses that one can take to help them better their life saving skills. Qualified coaches and institutions offer these courses in the country. Here at Lifesaving Africa Rescuers, we will provide you with life saving training courses to help you keep yourself and others safe from drowning.   

By training with us, you can learn the below lifesaving skills:

Basic Lifesaving

The basic lifesaving course will equip you with personal survival skills and noncontact reserve methods.

Through this course, one learns how to enter into the water during emergencies, lifesaving strokes, and survival skills like HELP, treading water, clothing and the use of PFDs among others

Advanced Lifesaving

With the advanced lifesaving course, you will learn more rescuing techniques.

The course covers supervision skills, contact rescues, releases and escapes techniques, defense techniques, communication systems as well as responding during emergencies and action plans.

Senior Lifesaving (SNL)

For anyone looking for a course that trains on rescue techniques in any setting of aquatic, then the SNL course is the one to go for- from inland to open waters, surf, poor and open waters.

In SNL, you will learn how to manage spinal injuries, risk management & legal obligations, special rescues, how to keep records, lifts in water and how to do the first aids in aquatic settings.

Scuba Diving

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to operate scuba diving equipments and other such equipments used in diving during search, rescue and victim recovery operations.

Apart from learning the above survival and lifesaving skills, you will get

  • A certificate- done by Kenya Lifesaving Federation (KLF)
  • Employment- in places with pools or life saving organizations
  • Attachments and internships

Give us a call today and get your certification in any of the above lifesaving courses.

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Lose weight through swimming

Swimming can be more than a hobby. If you want to lose weight and the common cardio exercises seem a bit much for you, then swimming is your alternative. In fact, swimming will provide you with a full body workout.

There is no specific amount of weight one can be promised they will lose through swimming. However, your weight, swimming speed, and strokes will determine how much weight you will lose. With a few swimming sessions every week, you will start seeing a difference.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least a two and a half hours of moderate exercise, swimming included, to help one lose weight. Sure, cutting down the calories in your diet will work but to accelerate the speed, you will need to exercise. But swimming to lose weight does not end once you have shed that fat. To maintain your new weight and body size, you need to keep swimming on the regular.      

Burn those calories

You might not believe it, but swimming will help you burn calories. A 30-minutes swimming session for someone weighing 70kgs (154lb) will burn approximately 255 calories while an hour swimming session burns around 510 calories. This is if one is swimming slow freestyle laps at a moderate rate.   

The more you weigh, the more calories you will burn and vice versa. Additionally, first swimmers tend to burn more calories than veteran swimmers. A veteran swimmer already knows how to move through the water with minimal resistance. However, they can burn more calories by adding a few sprints.

Tone those muscles

Swimming will also help you lose weight by toning your muscles. As mentioned earlier, swimming is also a cardiovascular type of exercise. It will put most of your muscles into work, some more than others, but they will get a burnout.

Your back (latissimus dorsi), shoulders (deltoids) will get most of the workout due to pulling to get your body through the water. Other muscles include your butt (glutes), pecs, and thighs (quads) due to the kicking.

It is important to note that your swimming strokes also play a significant role. Here are different types of strokes and the muscles that will be affected:

  • Freestyle- biceps, triceps, forearms, chest, neck, and middle and upper back.
  • Butterfly- neck, chest, shoulders, abs, upper and lower back, hamstring, trapezoids, calves, lateral hamstring, and quads.
  • Breaststroke- chest, calves, quads, and the back of your shoulders.
  • Backstroke- middle and upper back, quads, trapezoids, and glutes.   

In conclusion, hitting the gym is not the only solution to losing weight. Swimming is an alternative you can go with since it also involves putting most of your muscles into work. Learn the different styles of swimming and incorporate them into most of your sessions. This will ensure your whole body gets worked up. Most importantly, do not give up swimming once you start shedding off the fat.

It is highly recommended for you to work with an organization that has a team of professional coaches and instructors that will be with you throughout your weight loss journey. Feel free to contact us for any inquiries.

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Why Swim To Survive?

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.

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