Swim Safe Uganda Article by Moses Kalanzi
Swim Safe Uganda has been promoting water safety through various training workshops and campaigns for the past seven years. Their aim is to ensure professionalism, efficiency and quality services among the lifesavers/guards and pool attendants in Uganda.
About Swim Safe Uganda
Mobilizing individuals, communities and stakeholders to participate in creating water safety and drowning prevention throughout Uganda.
To have every Ugandan being able to swim, to save his life and others’ in case of an emergency and being able to pass these skills on to future generations.
A drowning free society
- Facilitate communities in participatory engagement to share remedies to prevent drowning in Uganda and beyond.
- Provide training and capacity building to water safety related stakeholders to reduce drowning.
- Promote, encourage, coordinate and safeguard development of water safety act, its related activities and interests within and outside Uganda.
- Liaise with government and civil society organizations plus other relevant organs under them with an aim of creating water safety.
- Persuade, lobby and encourage survival-swimming programs aimed towards a safer society.
Every year 5,000 cases of drowning are reported, mostly within Lake Victoria.
With limited national policies related to water safety, the water safety inadequacies remain a reality with many people having no swimming skills visiting beaches with no life guards or with unqualified lifeguards, children fetching water from open wells with no protection, crossing water bodies to get to schools, crossing water bodies to get to the market for economic activities, etc.
- Water safety training
- Lifeguard training
- Survival swimming
- Aquatic rescue and CPR training
- Drowning prevention
- Disaster management
We train people from all walks of life on water safety by training them in basic rescue skills, swimming skills, and in the prevention of water related hazards.
We have held programs (safety drives) globally and also in some parts of the country