How we’re helping
Aquatic Survival programme
We chose Zanzibar as the location for us to deliver the first ever Aquatic Survival programme. Building on our swim survival work in Cameroon, the next steps ensure that future generations can spot hazards before they develop, and help themselves and others should the worst happen.
Since 2013 we’ve been working with local partners - The Panje Project - to develop the programme. The ultimate aim is to give children aged 7-16 the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe in and around water.
Aquatic Survival has two modules:
1: Water safety education
This is a classroom-based lesson that delivers 10 water safety messages. The interactive lessons last about an hour, and use a variety of techniques including song and dance.
2: Survival swimming skills
This teaches older children basic swimming skills so they can swim to safety if they fall into water, and safe rescue skills so that they can help someone in difficulty. In 2015 we expanded this programme to four sites across northern Zanzibar, gave training to 460 children, and employed 16 swimming teachers. We will continue this training into 2016 with the aim of better understanding the impact of the programme.
Maritime Search and Rescue training
In recent years there have been a number of high-profile ferry accidents around Zanzibar, in which thousands of people have drowned. To help address this, the RNLI has been working closely with the Zanzibar Maritime Authority and other partners to develop a Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) programme suitable for Tanzania.
In 2015 the RNLI ran a SAR training course in Stone Town, Zanzibar, for 24 candidates from a variety of organisations tasked with responding in an emergency.
In September 2013, three RNLI lifeguard trainers spent 2 weeks at Dar es Salaam, teaching Tanzanian and Ugandan trainees. By the end of the fortnight, 16 lifeguard instructors were trained, meaning that they can now run local lifeguard courses and set up lifesaving services in their own communities.