Water Safety

Water Safety Day - Monaco - 12.06.2017

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Aquatic Rescue Center of Monaco (CSAM) and the French association Cap ô Pas Cap, organised, on 12 June 2017, the Water Safety Day, in partnership with the Monaco Red Cross.
In the presence of HSH Princess Charlene, 79 school children aged between 11 and 13 were welcomed at the Larvotto Beach in Monaco, to discover and learn about aquatic rescue.
Three Monaco 6th grade classes (two from Collège Charles III and one from F.A.N.B.) took part in the different workshops: beach flags, rescue tubes, nipper boards, drowning prevention, the large water cycle and CPR.
Now that summer is upon us, the messages that the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation communicates are more pertinent than ever:  raise public awareness to the danger of water, educate children about proper water safety and teach them to swim.
7 children suffering from cystic fibrosis and supervised by the association “Etoiles des Neiges” could also benefit from this day of sharing.
On this occasion, Pierre Frolla, four-time world record holder in free-diving, Director of the Aquatic Rescue Center of Monaco and Ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and of the association “Etoiles des Neiges”, was surrounded by high performance athletes and personalities in order to raise awareness among children about first aid and the risks related to the marine environment:  Itziar Abascal, Cap Ô pas Cap Challenge ; Carlos Alonso, European rescue board Champion; Stéphanie Barneix, Cap Ô pas Cap Challenge, Lifesaving and Paddle Board World Champion; Alain Bernard, Olympic Swimming Champion; Marianne Brechu, Free Ride Skiing Vice-World Champion ; Bernard Crepel, Mogul Skiing Champion and founder of “Du Flocon à la Vague” ; Henry Davis, actor ; Virginie Dedieu, three-time Synchronized Swimming World Champion ; Frédérique Jossinet, Judo Olympic medallist and Ambassador of the association “Etoiles des Neiges” ; Julien Lalanne, Lifesaving World Champion in 2014 ; Sophie Mauriac, “Du Flocon à la Vague” ; Anthony Mazzer, European junior Lifesaving Champion; Maxime Nocher, ten-time Kite Surf World Champion; Kevin Rolland, Free Style Skiing World Champion.
Encouraged by Marc Toesca’s comments, the personalities took part in a friendly competition called the Ocean Race (Challenge for the Committed Celebrities). Each team was drawn at random and composed of three athletes who then competed in turns and in relay. The different challenges involved running, swimming and Rescue Paddle. The winning team included Frédérique Jossinet, Carlos Alonso et Kevin Rolland.
The day ended with a signing session which gathered children and adults.
The  Water Safety Day was organised  with the support of the Department of Education, Youth and Sport, the association Etoiles des Neiges, l'AMADE-Monaco, Cap ô pas Cap, the Monaco Red Cross, Du Flocon à la Vague and Fiji Water.