Water Safety

Swim for Safety - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Life Saving (SLLS) started, in August 2020, the “Swim for Safety” programmes with the support of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

The SLLS is affiliated to the International Life Saving Federation, specialized in drowning prevention and lifesaving. It will hold the next World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 8-10 October 2021.

Drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 14 in Sri Lanka.

The “Swim for Safety” programmes follow the “Drowning Prevention and Water Safety National Plan” of the Ministry of Education, which selected 16 schools in vulnerable areas of different provinces where these programmes will be applied with high priority. The goal is to increase children’s safety in and around water and to reduce casualty rates in the country, with theoretical teaching and swimming lessons.

As of now, 188 schoolchildren have followed these programmes in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces.

In 2020-2021, this partnership intends to train 1080 children in water safety measures.