Swim for Life to train 30 children on swimming

Monday, August 19, 2019

Swim for Life-Gambia in collaboration with the Red Dolphins and Life Guard Association of The Gambia and the Joint Officers Mess of The Gambia Armed Forces will start the third edition project the Eliminate Drowning Through Effective Swimming Training’ this Friday, at the Joint Officers Mess swimming pool.

This training, which will bring 30 children this summer, is aim to train them on how to swim.

Secretary General of Swim for Life-Gambia, Sang Mendy said an estimated 211 lives were lost through drowning between 2006 and 2019, while 126 were rescued by the lifeguards within the same period. “This means approximately 16 lives are lost per annum. It is worth noting that the majority of these drowning related cases were young people between the ages of eight and sixteen. These numbers were recorded by the Red Dolphins Life Guard Association of The Gambia,” he said

According to him, because of the number of lives that lost through drowning, Swim for Life-Gambia in collaboration with the Red Dolphins and Life Guard Association of The Gambia and the Joint Officers Mess of The Gambia Armed Forces commissioned a month-long swimming project dubbed ‘Eliminate Drowning Through Effective Swimming Training.

He revealed that the project also aims to develop the would-be professional swimmers for major competitions to come hence the phrase, “Catch Them Young.”

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara