Learn to swim

La Turbie Natation Azur 2016 – two-time Olympic swimming champion Alain Bernard greets the students



Every year since 2014 the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the French Swimming Federation’s (FFN) Cote d’Azur Committee, and the municipality of La Turbie have joined forces to teach children how to swim and gain a better understanding of the water environment in complete safety before the summer. On Tuesday 28th June 2016, 230 children from La Turbie, Peille and La Grave de Peille lived an exceptional experience when they met two-time Olympic swimming champion Alain Bernard, the French Swimming Federation’s (FFN) ambassador for the region.
 
Due to the vicinity of the sea and the existence of many swimming pools, our  region is highly exposed to the risk of drowning and, contrary to popular belief, is ill-equipped as far as facilities running swimming lessons are concerned. The aim of the partnership that was forged in 2014 between the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the French Swimming Federation’s Cote d’Azur Committee and the municipality of La Turbie is therefore to give school children the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the water environment by offering them swimming lessons.
 
Over 1,200 primary school children from La Turbie, Peille and La Grave de Peille have taken part in the “Learn to Swim” programme since it was first introduced. 
 
On 28th June, as a conclusion to the 2016 series of swimming courses (30th May – 1st July) followed by 350 children,  a special morning was organised at La Turbie’s municipal pool. The pupils who usually have their swimming lessons on Tuesday morning were fortunate enough to receive the visit of the two-time Olympic swimming champion Alain Bernard, FFN ambassador for the region.  They were able to give a demonstration of what they had learnt during the 10 swimming lessons provided by a FFN instructor and his assistant. They were then joined by all the primary school children from La Turbie.
 
The morning offered the Mayor of La Turbie, Jean-Jacques Raffaelle and Jean-Marie Veran, Director General of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the opportunity to thank all those involved in this partnership, in the presence of the Mayor of Peille, Cyril Piazza. Afterwards, all of the pupils in attendance were personally presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation in the swimming lessons by Alain Bernard.
 
Finally the French Swimming Federation’s Cote d’Azur Committee offered everyone well-deserved refreshments and snacks.