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The 2nd edition of the Water Safety Days took place in Calvi, Corsica

For the second year in a row, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation organized the "Water Safety Days" in Calvi on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June 2022, in partnership with the City of Calvi.

Activities in lifesaving, first aid and water safety initiations were held in the morning on the beach of Calvi, offered to the children of the city. These workshops were led by Pierre Frolla, Ambassador of the Foundation and four-time freediving world record holder and his team from the CSAPM – Académie Monégasque de la Mer, with the support of the SNSM (Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer) and the firefighters of Haute-Corse.
Entertaining and athletic, the workshops combine theory and practice: Inshore rope rescue, Rescue tubes, Nipper Boards, Drowning prevention and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).

On Friday morning, 80 children from the CM2 classes of the Calvi Loviconi school participated in the workshops. Mr Gareth Wittstock, Secretary General of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, presented each child with a certificate of initiation in lifesaving sports.
On Saturday morning, 50 children between the ages of 8 and 12 signed up to participate in a new round of water activities on the beach.

On Saturday, June 11th, the Port Xavier Colonna hosted several associations on the port and offered animations to the public:
  • Discovery of marine fauna with STARESO (Underwater and Oceanographic Research Station)
  • Sorting and recycling of plastics with Corsican association Mare Vivu
  • Waste recovery by the "Jellyfishbot" and "DPOL" robots (remotely controlled and automatic) with Ekkopol
  • Testing of water bikes
  • Introduction to scuba diving with Calvi Plongée
  • Exhibition of the Princess Charlene Foundation's actions at the Tour du Sel
The Water Safety Days in Calvi give the opportunity to children, as well as the public, to experience a comprehensive program to raise awareness of drowning prevention and of environmental protection. This event is already a part of the local calendar and symbolizes the commitment of the Foundation and the City of Calvi in favor of aquatic education and the preservation of the marine environment.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation wishes to thank all the partners who made possible the 2nd edition of these activities:
  • Pierre Frolla and the team of CSAPM – Académie Monégasque de la Mer: Alex, Franck, Frédérique, Julien, Juju, Nicolas, and Yohan
  • The Station SNSM of Calvi
  • The firefighters of Haute-Corse
  • The City of Calvi, Mr. Ange Santini, Mayor of Calvi and the members of the City Council
  • The Port Xavier Colonna, Mr. Philippe Gabrielli, Director of the Port and his whole team
  • Calvi Loviconi School, and its director Mr. Remy Gauthier
  • The Calvi Nautique Club, and its president Mr. Pierre-Olivier Moracchini
  • The Calvi Plongée club and Mr. Pascal Esplat-Valli
  • The Corsican company Eaux de Zilia and its director Mrs Françoise Ciavaldini
  • Mare Vivu, and its founder Mr Pierre-Ange Giudicelli
  • STARESO, and its Scientific Director Mr Michel Marengo
  • Ekkopol, and its founder Mr Eric Dupont