Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim to Save Lives in Senegal - June-December 2019

For the sixth year in a row, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and the "Maison du Rugby" Association in Dakar supported the “Learn to Swim to Save Lives in Senegal” project, implemented by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Natation et de Sauvetage (FSNS / Senegalese Swimming and Rescue Federation).

The Foundation, which promotes sport as a great tool for self-empowerment and social development, helps the FSNS by focusing on safety in water environments.
The learning sessions at sea started in July 2019 and lasted until early November for the St. Louis, Kaolack, Thiès and Fatick regions and, for Dakar, until December.

1,420 children and teenagers aged between 5 and 16 were taught how to swim and the basics of safety at sea.

On top of educating young people about the risks of drowning, the aim of the project is to give them a taste of swimming activities. The goal has been reached, as nearly 600 children will be cared for by the FSNS for the 2020 season.

Additionally, 20 adults were trained in the teaching and monitoring of swimming and 10 practiced drowning prevention.