‘Swim for Life Gambia’ project kicks-off today

Friday, September 14, 2018

The 2018 ‘Swim for Life Gambia’ Project will launch the second phase of the swimming lessons for children aged 8-18 today Friday, at the Joint Officers Mess in Kuto at 4 p.m.

 The objective of the project is to save Gambian children from drowning in sea or pools. It is an open secret that annually, many Gambians drown in sea or in pools across the country.

Among these, are children within the age bracket the project intend to train. When a child learns to swim, he/she may hop into a pool or in the sea at any point in their life without the risk of drowning or to save someone from drowning.

Not only does the project aim to reduce the number of drowning cases in The Gambia, it also aims to introduce swimming as a sports to the Gambian children at a tender thus the phrase, “Catch Them Young.”

The month-long training will be delivered by well-trained life guards from the Red Dolphins and Life Guard Association and professional swimming coaches in The Gambia.

It could be recalled that in August 2016, the first phase of the ‘Swim for Life Gambia’ Project successfully trained 30 children and within a month, 80% of them could swim without fears. In fact, some of those children have taken up swimming as a sport. 

Author: Lamin Darboe