This morning, all around the world, new guidelines for CPR are being published. As a UK based organisation, Nile Swimmers aligns most closely with the guidelines from the European Resuscitation Council, although we do make slight modifications to make them more appropriate for LMICs. This five-yearly event is always interesting, and there will be no Read More
Today, I started to teach our first Aquatic Survival Instructor course in partnership with the Ministry of Education. We are working with them to train 30-40 school teachers as Aquatic Survival Instructors, we then have funding in place to support them delivering those messages to 40 schools – targeting thousands and thousands of children. These Read More
Tomorrow, 22 new Aquatic Survival Instructors join the ranks of the existing 36, as we present them with their Instructor certificates. It is really fun course to deliver, with lots of different elements of content that we add in. As I have my first lie in of the entire time that we’ve been out here in Read More
I’m sitting here, not really sure how to write this blog. I’ve just had a voice message from Mai (our Project Coordinator in Khartoum) telling me about an incident a few weeks ago. The person involved was Husam, who is one of our Beach Lifeguard Instructors, and Aquatic Survival Instructors that we trained in March Read More
When we first proposed the idea of a water safety course targeted at females in Sudan, we had no idea what a controversial and risk area we were getting into. Our first meeting with the females was overwhelmingly positive. They were on time, which in Sudan, is almost on heard of. We could safely interpret Read More
The very first female instructor candidates have been registered onto our training programme today – eight years to the day that we ran our very first Nile Swimmers programme.
After a very eventful few journeys – we are finally relaxing after the first day of the training programme here in Khartoum, Sudan. As with most things in Africa, there is an element of “last minute” about the preparations and details. However, after working together on many projects over the last eight years – the Read More
Nile Swimmers is collaborating with LWB, SAI, and ISLA to launch Project Uganda this coming weekend. Follow #Collaboration #StopDrowning
RNLI Future Leaders closing speeches – Zanzibar.
Sorry for the delay in blogging updates – time just seem to have accelerated, and finding some quiet time to sit down and write is challenging – which is great, because it means that I am spending all my time doing what I can here to do – teaching, and networking. All three strands have Read More
The Red Dolphin Lifeguards volunteer everyday to guard the beaches in Gambia. Guess their annual budget…
Since my blog post yesterday lunchtime. it feels like the candidates on programme has changed gear! Yesterday afternoon, we had our first round of micro-teaching sessions. In groups of 6, candidates taught some basic skills to each other. Incredible. There is no other word for it, the quality of delivery was incredible. It was amazing Read More
It has been a busy few days for the candidates here in Nungwi. There have been numerous appearances of dogs in wigs (don’t ask), and a wide variety of African clapping games – it seems every country has their own particular rhythm and style. These last couple of days have focussed very much around training, Read More
I (Dan) am writing this on the evening of Tuesday (the second “proper” day) of the Future Leaders programme. The candidates arrived in two large groups (and a few stragglers) on Sunday – generally very tired from long long journeys. They ate, and disappeared to bed. On Monday, the day was generally a “getting to Read More
Tom (as part of the team from the RNLI) and Dan (as a volunteer for RLSS Commonwealth) are heading to Zanzibar as trainers on the Future Leaders programme.
Tom & Dan (the guys that founded Nile Swimmers) are pretty passionate about the cause. In case you weren’t convinced – they are making up half of the Nile Swimmers Adventure Racing team – along with two friends (Mike & Abby) – to take part in the UK round of the Adventure Racing World Series Read More
We are very pleased to announce that our partners, the Sudanese Sea Scouts, have taken up the challenge of being part of the Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson on the 22nd of June. In co-operation with the Sudanese Swimming Federation, and Sudanese Swimming Coaches Union – there are five swimming pools around Khartoum that will all Read More
As we develop and grow Nile Swimmers as a leading water safety & drowning prevention organisation; it has become clear to us – that although we are good at stopping drowning, we are not so good at fundraising. With that in mind, we signed up for the Global Giving UK – Gateway Challenge. We have Read More
Today, it is seven years since the very first Nile Swimmers training camp ended. As this fact struck me when I woke up this morning, I lay and thought about how far we had come since then, and how far we plan to go. Firstly, we want to thank you for the part that you Read More