Drowning is considered the second leading cause of death due to an accident, with more than 5,000 deaths/year (at European level) for infants & children up to the age of 14. Each year, 50,000 European citizens (EU 27) are injured during water sports or boat activities due to lack of knowledge or bad behaviour. Safe Water Sports, taking this into consideration, has developed an educational kit bag containing numerous games, in order to strengthen children's awareness from a young age.
SafeWaterSports donates 5 educational kits to 5 different schools in the U.K., France, Cyprus, Malta and Greece, with the aim to educate children on how to protect themselves when they are at the beach, in the sea, in swimming pools and when they participate in water sports, through a set of games (beach representation with Playmobils, bingo & memory cards with the signs-of-sea conduct etc.) By learning the rules, children become more aware on protection measures & the risk of injury is reduced.
Interactive and experiential games, especially for young ages, is considered as the most effective means of education. The project will educate students across Europe, helping them gain basic knowledge of how to stay safe in the water (sea, pools) or when participating in water related activities. Teachers will be able to use the educational kit in order to increase children's awareness in primary schools.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).