Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim to Save Lives in Senegal, 2017 results

Senegal has a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean that spans about 530 kms. The country also has a diversified economy which includes developing marine resources and seaside tourism. In addition to this, during the summer season on the beaches, Senegalese youths are often victims of accidents.

Since 2014, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been supporting a “Learn to Swim” project in partnership with the organisation, La Maison du Rugby (The House of Rugby) which is headquartered in Dakar. This programme, in 2017, which is also receiving support from the Senegalese Swimming and Lifesaving Federation, has so far trained 20 swimming and water safety instructors. These instructors have taught 925 children aged 5 to 16 years both water safety messages as well as given them swim lessons.

These swim lessons take place in both the ocean and in pools depending on the weather conditions.

Additionally two scholarships have been given to the top Senegalese swimmers. One to the winner of the 2017 Senegalese Swimming Championships, Mr. Adama Thias Ndir and the second was given to Ms. Jeanne Boutbien, who beat the Senegalese record in 50m free style.

The prize giving ceremony took place on 27 December 2017 at the close of the project. This took place at the National Olympic Swimming Pool located in Dakar in the presence of many personalities. The children demonstrated the swim techniques they had recently acquired.

All partners hope to further develop the practice of swimming on a national level, inspire youths and thus promote their integration. But mainly they aim to reduce drowning incidents in Senegal, particularly in the Dakar, Kaolack and Saint Louis regions. The project continues in 2018.