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On the island of Martinique, young generations learn to protect the environment through swimming lessons

Since 2021, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been supporting the Coco an Dlo association on the French island of Martinique.

This association, led by swimming champion Mrs. Coralie Balmy, was born from a desire to protect the lives of the youngest while protecting the world in which they live.

The association’s actions raise awareness among the younger generations around the water environment and are carried out thanks to Coralie's passion, "Coco an Dlo" meaning "Coco in the water" in the Creole language.

Through innovative educational tools and fun exercises, children learn to respect nature and learn the basics of swimming – with the aim of passing the French test of aisance aquatique.

This project, hybrid and complementary, is carried out both in schools (nursery and elementary schools) and in summer camps.

Coco an Dlo accompanies educators in the teaching of swimming and provides them with tools that can be used in the pool or in class (figurines of marine animals, pedagogical notebooks, etc.).

This year in the communes of Robert and Sainte-Marie, Mrs. Balmy went in 10 classes of 2 elementary schools and organized a camp, training 12 educators in the teaching of swimming and allowing 140 children from 3 to 7 years old to validate their tests.

Coco an Dlo, with its singular vision and educational methods, begins an amazing work in Martinique for the youngest to discover their surrounding natural heritage, the threats of pollution on wild fauna and flora and how to preserve them - while learning how to swim and preserve their own lives.