International Water Safety Day celebrated in Suva (FIJ)

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‘Never Swim Alone’ is the key message given to primary schools from around the Suva City area that were part of the International Water Safety Day at the Suva City Olympic Pool on March 15, 2013. The programme was organised by the newly formed Water Safety Council of Fiji which comprises many different stakeholders in sporting, government and non- government sections.

The objectives of this International Water Safety Day for Fiji is to introduce and promote safe water practices to Class 3 and 4 students, install water safe fun and ideals, teach rescues in safe controlled manner and create interest in learning lifesaving techniques.

Students during the programme watched to learn demonstrations of safe rescues and safe water practices.

In opening the Water Safety Day, Minister for Youth and Sports, Commander Viliame Naupoto stressed the importance of children knowing how to swim.

“I am pleased to announce that the newly established Fiji Sports Commission is putting aside $10,000 to assist children learn to swim,” said Mr Naupoto.

With drowning statistics stand at 7 drowning related deaths (1 every 3 days) in the first 22 days of this year, Mr Naupoto said that he would like to reverse the existing trend with a different twist and create a different set of statistics that read ‘three lives “saved” every day through their successfully learning how to swim’.

Fiji's Minister for Youth and Sports Commander Viliame Naupoto

Mr Naupoto is urging primary schools around Suva to make good use of the offer by the Fiji Sports Council in the free use of their aquatic centre.

Water Safety Council of Fiji promotes that Water safety and drowning prevention is everyone’s responsibility and together we can ensure that drowning facilities are preventable.