Despite living in an island nation surrounded by water, most Bahamian children are unable to swim.
This is partly due to a traditional fear of water accidents and the cost of Swim Club programs. Swim for Ocean Survival (SOS) is a Learn to Swim programme designed to teach basic water survival skills to large numbers of children that can be applied nationwide at a minimal cost. This is achieved by executing a substantial part of the program as part of the Physical Education curriculum in schools, when pools are not in use by clubs and competitive swimmers.
In addition to swim survival training, SOS students are taught basic precautions and safety practices needed to avoid the most common physical and biological hazards encountered in coastal waters. SOS also educates its students about respecting the ocean environment and protecting it for future generations – values held dear to the Coalition’s heart.