The educational program of Safe Water Sports, which is approved by the Ministry of Education in Greece (click here for the document's approval) and in Cyprus (click here for the document's approval), concerns the education and awareness of primary school children on issues related to safety at the beach, sea, water sports and generally any activities that take place in the water.
In our country, which extends to 13,676 kilometers of shoreline, it is estimated that there are about 300 incidents of deaths each year in the sea, many of which are due to 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 both learning and amusement, covers the basic knowledge and practices that children need to know well regarding their safety at sea (swimming, water sports) and all the activities that take place there. Click here to download the brochure of the program. The activities of the program are interdisciplinary (such as arts, language, social education, geography, physics, foreign language, etc.) and can be implemented within the school’s program context. Depending on children’s ages who are involved in, the appropriate activities are selected too.
All the supporting material, which addresses both teacher and students who participate in the program, is distributed through the online platform of Safe Water Sports Academy that can also be used in order to monitor the progress of each team by the teacher and Safe Water Sports.
It is suggested that the program is implemented by a group of students (a part of a class) and supervised by a volunteer teacher. The program can start at any time during the school year and it will be completed by the end of it. The voluntary contribution of the teacher, who will oversee and advise the Group of students on their activities, is considered as a prerequisite for the successful participation of the Group in the Educational Program.
At the beginning, one of the Group's students will be elected as a Team Leader and he/she will be its representative, alongside with the Volunteer Teacher, during all Group 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. The "Seaguard" badge of the Program will be given to each student who is a member of the group that participates in the Program. Safe Water Sports will award a Special Souvenir Diploma to the children-members of the group teams and the volunteer Teachers who completed the Program.
Applications will be accepted till February 28th of each school year. The implementation of the program is completed by the end of each school year.
In September, the annual conference of Seaguards, in which 13 missions, one from each Region of the country participate, will take place in Athens. The mission of each region will proceed from the school of this region that accomplished most of the activities of the program during past year and it will consist of the Volunteer Teacher, who was the leader of the Group alongside the student leader of the Group with his parents. The duration of the conference will last 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 do wish).
Υou can watch the video below that includes the steps required to access the educational program together with the activities that are included: