Water Safety

Monaco - Water Safety Day - 06.06.2016

 On 6th June 2016, H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco took part in a Water Safety Day organised by Her Foundation, the Centre de Sauvetage Aquatique de Monaco (CSAM) and Cap O Pas Cap (French association) in partnership with the Monegasque Red Cross.
As the summer season approaches, the messages promoted by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation are more relevant than ever: to raise public awareness of the dangers of water, to educate children on prevention measures and to teach them to swim.
90 school children aged between 11 and 13 – from Bellevue School in Beausoleil and the F.A.N.B. and Charles III Schools in the Principality – participated in the day’s event on Larvotto Beach focused on drowning prevention.
Firstly they took part in the thematic workshops which were: discovering the aquatic environment and drowning prevention, initiation in water rescue (beach flags, rescue tubes and nipper boards) and last but not least practising CPR and using defibrillators.
Red Cross volunteers and the CSAM team headed by its director, four-time world record holder in free-diving and ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Pierre Frolla shared their knowledge and expertise with the children. They were supported by international water rescue champions: Stéphanie Barneix-Geyer, President of Cap O pas Cap (coastal rescue and paddle board world champion), Alexandra Luz and Itziar Abascal Rivero (both world coastal rescue champions), Julien Lalanne (world SERC champion) Carlos Alonso Ruiz (European rescue board champion) and Anthony Mazzer (European junior coastal rescue champion).
As drowning prevention is a shared concern, high level athletes in other disciplines also took part in the workshops: Alain Bernard (two-time Olympic freestyle swimming champion), Virginie Dedieu (three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion), Stéphane Diagana (400m hurdle world champion), Guillaume Néry (multiple free-diving record holder) and Kevin Rolland (Olympic half pipe skiing medallist).
Olympic swimming champion Kirsty Coventry was also present.
The morning ended with a relay race - the Ocean Race (beach race, swimming, paddle board) between the various athletes, the commentaries of which were given by Marc Toesca. This event was won by the team made up of Stéphane Diagana (Beach race) Alexandra Luz (Swimming) and Carlos Alonso Ruiz (paddle board).
Finally, after lunch, the students attended lifesaving demonstrations given by the members of Cap O Pas Cap and CSAM and shared a special moment with all the athletes.
This event was organised with the support of the services of the Government of Monaco's Ministry of the Interior, in particular the Department of National Education, Youth and Sports.

©Gaétan Luci/Palais Princier 2016