A history of segregation and limited access to the ocean has resulted in a high incidence of drownings. The ocean school provides swimming courses, mindfulness training, and ocean knowledge that encourages safety and a passion for the ocean.
The mindfulness aspect of the swimming course is essential as it helps the children overcome their fear of water by teaching calming techniques. It’s a valuable tool that extends beyond swimming lessons, providing the students with a coping mechanism for stress and trauma in their everyday lives.
In addition to its focus on aquatic skills, the initiative also carries a powerful environmental message. It employs the ‘air’ strategy which stands for avoid, intercept, and redesign plastic waste to teach the students about ocean conservation. Regular beach cleanups are organized, and students are encouraged to rethink their approach to plastic use. The growth and transformation seen in the students, from fearful to confident swimmers, is a testament to the programme’s effectiveness.
This initiative is now expanding, with exceptional students gaining the opportunity to delve deeper into ocean exploration, activism, and public speaking. Through its combined focus on personal and environmental wellbeing, this initiative is truly changing lives, one wave at a time.