Children invited to learn water rescue skills

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Proper water skills are important, and every child should learn how, as shown in this photo from last year’s event.
Proper water skills are important, and every child should learn how, as shown in this photo from last year’s event.

Children 8-15 years old are being invited to learn basic swimming and water-rescue skills Friday, April 26, 2019 from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a free day-long class organized by Bangkok Hospital Pattaya at the Redemptorist Vocational School’s swimming pool.

The safe swimming class will teach children learn how to correctly save the life of a drowning person. Class size is limited to 50 kids, and applications are open from April 17-24. The day includes free refreshments, lunch, and souvenirs.

Drowning is the number one cause of death of Thai children under the age of 15. Downing deaths are two times higher than deaths from traffic accidents and 24 times higher than death from dengue fever (according to information from Bureau of Non Communicable Diseases, Disease Control Department, Ministry of Public Health).

The 90 dangerous days during summer break from March to May is a particularly high risk period as children like to play in the water due to the heat, and they always play in the groups. When a child is struggling in the water, other children will try to help, but since they don’t know how, often they drown too.

Classroom activities will be held in the meeting room on the 4th floor of the Redemptorist Foundation Pattaya. The main topics for training are as below:

* Dangers from playing in water
* How to correctly save the life of a drowning person
* How to rightly provide first aid to drowning person
* How to provide first aid to victims of poison marine animal attacks
* Survival skills when water accidents occur

In the morning, children will learn about theory and will practice in the swimming pool in the afternoon. The requirement of applicants are:

1. Male or female 8-15 years old
2. Good health with no medical problem obstructing the training
3. Have no communicable disease
4. Guardians must sign for approval for the training

For more information, contact Navee Conrath at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s Marketing Communication Department, tel. 089 -8261680.