SWIMMING LAOS PROGRAM

In Laos, six children drown everyday

 

 

During day time, one child drowns every 45 seconds in Asia.

The danger is unknown because of the very speed at which it kills (after 5mins, chance of survival drops critically). There is no time for hospitalisation. Consequently the census of drowning rate is difficult and underestimate.

 

 

 

FINA Clinic October 24th /28th 2016

 

 

From November 24th to November 28th an FINA expert Mr John Bladon from Australia came to Vientiane and provide during one week a swimming clinic for our coaches. After 5 days of theory and pratical skills all « swimmglaos » coaches finaly get their FINA first degree.

May 14 th 2016 : First lao primary swimming meet

 

May 14th 2016 was for all the team a big achievement. For the first time in Lao history we could open the first Lao primary swimming meet. This event gather 120 children from 6 of our schools for participed to 7 water activities about swimming basics (breathing, immersion, propulsion, get in water… )

 

 

 

Drowning is a leading cause of death for children worldwide. This menace is present in all countries around the world.

 

Moreover it is important to note the 25% of all children in the  world live in South-est Asia. A UNICEF report indicates a large number of children drownings in Asia (95% of all current childhood drowning deaths).

 

Howover, if we do not have precise figures on the situation in Laos, neighbouring countries drowning rates and many testimonies about child drowning occuring in village near water points especially near homes (large pools, reservoirs, lakes, rivers...) indicate a hight drowning rate in this country also.

 

These fatal accidents concern three categories of age, 1 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years and 10 and over, with a strong concentration in the early years (1 to 4 years) .

 

Laos is an isolated country and off the radar. No awarness or education campaigns have been created yet. Swimming Laos program was created in January 2013. After one and half year of negotiation with the Lao gouvernment we finally get governmental authorisation that allow Lao primary schools to acess teaching basic swimming skills in march 2014.