Educational Program

 

Safe Water Sports Organization has created an educational program for primary schools, which is approved by the Ministry of Education (click here for the document's approval) and has gained an extention for 2020-2021, focuses on raising awareness among students of issues related to safety at the beach, in the sea, in water sports and generally in any activities that take place in the water. 

In our country, which extends to 13,676 kilometers of shoreline, it is estimated that 300 incidents of deaths occur year each in the aquatic environment, where most of them happen because of the lack of knowledge of basic guidelines on swimming and boat traffic behaviour. It is a priority for everyone to educate and sensitize children from a very young age.

The educational program, which includes more than 50 activities that combine learning and fun, covers the basics that children need to know well in order to be safe at sea (while swimming, or doing water sports or any other sea-related activity). 

Click here to download the brochure of the program.

The activities of the program are interdisciplinary (combining such disciplines as arts, language, social education, geography, physics, music, I.T., etc.) and can be implemented within the school program. The program offers two sets of activities, depending on the age of the children involved.

All the supporting material, for teachers and students is distributed through the online platform of Safe Water Sports Academy that can also be used by the teacher and Safe Water Sports to monitor the progress of each team.

The program is implemented by a group of students (preferably one class) and supervised by a teacher. The program can start at any time during the school year and must be completed by the end of it. The voluntary contribution of the teacher, who will oversee the project and facilitate the completion of the activities by the students is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the program.

At the beginning, one student of the group will be elected as a Team Leader who will be their representative, alongside  the Volunteer Teacher in all Communications with Safe Water Sports. The goal of each group is to accomplish at least 50% + 1 of the program’s  activities and at least one activity of each thematic topic. In this case, the activity’s implementation is considered as complete and successful. All students participating in the program will receive the "Sea Musketeer" badge. Safe Water Sports will also award a Certificate of Participation to the children-members of the group teams and the volunteer Teachers who supervised the Program.

Each October, the "Conference of the Sea Musketeers’’, in which 13 missions participate, (one from each prefecture), will take place in Athens. Each prefecture will be represented by the school that completed most of the program’s activities and the delegation will consist of the Volunteer Teacher and the student leader of the Group accompanied by his/her parents. The duration of the conference will be one day and the purpose is to exchange opinions, share experiences and best practices with the aim of continuously improving the educational program. Furthermore, on the online platform of the training program, a list of the schools that participated in the program every year will be presented as well as a sample of the work that was completed by the participants (if they so wish).

Watch here the "Conference of the Sea Musketeers’ 2020 & the work of students for the school year 2019-2020.

Watch here the "Conference of the Sea Musketeers’ 2019 & the work of students for the school year 2018-2019.

For further information about the program and the online submission of the relevant Application Form please click here.

Founding Donor of the educational program: Stavros Niarchos Foundation