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.
All schools and educational institutions have the following options:
1. Register and gain full access to the Organisation’s online educational platform, which includes a range of educational and recreational activities and games (including the informational –inspirational videos that you may watch on the following paragraphs)
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 in the sea, in the swimming pool and in water sports.
The activities of the program are interdisciplinary (such as arts, language, social education, geography, physics, foreign language, music, information systems etc.) and can be implemented within the school’s program context.
Depending on children’s ages who are involved in, the appropriate activities shall be selected.
Please click here to read the contents of the educational program.
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 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 the majority 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 and 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.
In September, the annual conference of Seaguards, in which 13 missions participate, one from each Region of Greece and Cyprus, 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 the 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:
2. Download the informational-inspirational videos of Safe Water Sports or watch them online via the following links and display them inside classrooms using a projector and computer.
|Video for 1st-2nd-3rd Grade
(5-8 years of age) - Greek
|Safety rules in swimming and in the sea||Greek|
|Video for 4th, 5th, 6th Grade
(9-12 years of age) – Greek
|Safety rules in swimming and in water sports||Greek|
|Video for 1st-2nd-3rd Grade
(5-8 years of age) - English
|Safety rules in swimming and in the sea||English|
|Video for 4th, 5th, 6th Grade
(9-12 years of age) – English
|Safety rules in swimming and in water sports||English|
Step 1 – Application Form
In the online application, the user will select the desired program and then he will complete the following information in order for the registration to be completed:
• Contact email - username
• School Class to implement the program
• School address (complete address)
• Postal Code
• The geographical region of the country that the school belongs to
• Name/Surname of the trainer
• Contact Number
• Number of students who will participate in the program
• Your message
Step 2 Activation
As soon as the teacher fills out all the required info in order to register to the educational program and when his application is accepted b the Organization, he can then log in and start implementing the Program with the students by using his username and password.
The teacher is logged in to the Safe Water Sports Academy online platform in order to download the list of activities of the educational program together with the instructions of how to use the online platform.
Step 3 Implementation
When a program’s activity comes to an end, the trainer can upload the requested material to the online platform (such as photos, videos, word doc etc).
The implementation of the program is completed by the end of the school year. The participation of each school in the program will be published on the online Platform. Any trainers/teachers, who wish, can give the permission to the platform in order for their activities’ results to be published.
Upon completion of the program, the trainer/teacher will receive an email that assures about the completion of the program.
The "Seaguard" badge of the Program will be given to each student who is a member of the group and participates in the Program. Safe Water Sports will also award Special Souvenir Diplomas, which will be sent by post to the school’s address, to the members of the teams and their volunteers - Trainers who completed the Program.
In order to access the program, you can fill in the Online Application Form.