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France - La Réunion

Aquatic Ease & Drowning Prevention Plan

Depuis 2021

In the French department of La Réunion for the first time, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is supporting a project to favor the development of youth, initiated by the Cercle des Nageurs de Saint-Joseph (CNSJ).

The CNSJ, in link with the Town of Saint-Joseph, wishes to complete school swimming and improve existing systems.

Through the operation entitled “Aquatic Ease & Drowning Prevention Plan”, the club aims to reduce drowning rates among children aged 3 to 11, who will benefit from free and adaptative swimming courses.

The CNSJ is a swimming club in the commune of Saint-Joseph in the south of the island, which supervises swimming lessons for children and adults, aquatic activities, and swimming competitions.

On Reunion Island, nearly a third of young people do not know how to swim despite swimming lessons in primary schools. This figure is worrying and even more important in Saint-Joseph, where many children could not learn to swim in 2020 and many classes were suspended in 2021, due to the health crisis.

Project goals:

To reduce drowning rates among children aged 3 to 11 in Reunion Island.

To give children the opportunity to take the Swimming Knowledge exam in addition to the school curriculum.


children between the ages of 3 and 11 discover swimming and pass the Swimming Knowledge exam when able


children were identified as needing a swimming add-on with schooltime tailored camps


children will learn how to swim and will be able to ensure their safety in the water