Because of the work you do matters, we want to help your initiative reduce drowning and education the children around water stewardship in the world! If you are part of a grassroots initiative (NGO or charity) that is near river, lakes or oceans, we want to help you.
Swimming is a Life Skill That Everyone Should Possess.
SwimTayka believes that all children, no matter where they are, should be able to swim. It is a life skill that many of us take for granted, however, there are more than 360,000 lives lost to drowning globally every year, the majority are aged under 18.
These deaths are preventable.
SwimTayka provides free swimming lessons and environmental education about clean water stewardship to underprivileged children who live along the Earth’s open waters: rivers, lakes and oceans. We aim to create a legacy for today’s children, who will grow up to teach the next generation.
We are looking to expand our projects and increase the number of children we reach.
Are you an organisation or charity that is based in a disadvantaged area that local children would benefit from learning this basic life skill?
SwimTayka is looking for organisations to partner with to jointly host projects across the globe.
- Connect you with volunteer swimming instructors and environmental educators
- Provide basic water safety, swimming and clean water education.
Organisations, not-for-profit, charities must fit the following criteria to become Community Partners eligible for our cost-free SwimTayka Programme.
- Be geographically located in a waterside community along an ocean, river or lake
- Have programmes in place to serve disadvantaged children
- Enjoy positive relationships with the communities it serves
- Have safety protocols in place for staff, volunteers, and the individuals it serves
We do have preferred criteria of partners, this is not an extensive list
- Have a history of working with international volunteers and serving the local community
- Be able to facilitate access to swimming locations such as swimming pools and/or open water swim locations
- Share the SwimTayka vision, is as passionate about teaching children to swim and environmental stewardship as we are
- Have similar programmes in place and dedicated staff for environmental education, water stewardship, water safety, and/or swimming
- Have a well-developed board of directors/trustees
- Be open to and capable of cross-promoting our programmes, and assisting SwimTayka volunteers with local logistics such as accommodations, transport, swimming locations, classrooms, field trips, etc.
Community Partner Application
We invite you to learn more about the SwimTayka programme before applying
Some of the success stories
I would like to thank everyone massively for a truly memorable few weeks in Itacaré. All of the staff were extremely comforting, understanding and compassionate in their treatment to me. Despite the fact I spoke very little Portuguese, you all went above and beyond to make me feel at home in Itacaré, from the day trips, the gym and to the meals out, I appreciate it all. The project itself was too amazing, massive thank you to Jana for understanding my strong passion for swimming teaching and going above and beyond to prepare additional ‘special’ classes for me to perform my work outside of the regular SwimTayka routine. I truly do appreciate this massively. Furthermore, it was inspirational to see a staff force so committed to a charity and it’s values and you have set a high bar for how I expect most NGOs to operate. Everything from start to finish of my short but sweet time with ETIV was great, and I truly hope to see you all again at some point in the future.Heartfelt Gratitude for an Unforgettable Experience in Itacaré with ETIV
Why swim with strangers across a busy shipping lane? Call it a mid-life adventure, fueled by a glass half empty. After being asked multiple times, I finally said yes, ready to challenge myself physically and mentally and trust in a team. Training has been wonderful, forging friendships and allies. Swim Tayka aligns with my swimming values, making it the perfect choice for me. Camilla GolledgeEmbracing the Mid-Life Adventure: Swimming with Strangers and Trusting in a Team
I've spent my life by the sea, learning to swim at a young age. Swimming long distances and challenging myself became a passion, supporting various charities. Working with children by the coast made me realize the importance of swimming and environmental education worldwide. Swim Tayka, a charity founded by Bryan, is incredible, providing joy and preventing drowning. The ocean brings me freedom and eternal joy, something every child should experience. I discovered Swim Tayka after my mother's passing. Learning that "Tayka" means mother in the Andean Aymara language felt like destiny. Now, I train with the Swim Tayka family, though I'm apprehensive about jellyfish and sea sickness. However, the children's joy in learning to swim will be my motivation. Some may think I'm crazy for swimming the channel with just a hat, goggles, and a swimsuit. But hey, what could possibly go wrong? 🤣Swim Tayka: Bringing Joy and Preventing Drowning through Swimming Education
I've recently embraced adventurous swimming despite not considering myself a strong swimmer. Watching my children's swimming lessons inspired me to improve my technique and enjoy the water more. Adopting our children has been the greatest joy in my life, although it comes with challenges. To cope with life's stresses, I find solace in nature, sports, and yoga, particularly swimming. It allows me to connect with nature, appreciate our world, and reflect on my blessings. Supporting children worldwide in learning this vital life skill through the Tayka Team resonated with me, and I eagerly joined their cause after swimming the Henley Mile. The people I've met are amazing, and the training has been both exhilarating and challenging. As I write this, the big swim is still ahead, and I'm excited for the unknown adventure it brings.From Novice to Adventurous Swimmer: A Journey of Joy and Challenges
In Hong Kong, I met a man from England who had swum the English Channel in a relay. Inspired by his story, I wanted to do the same but never had the opportunity. Meanwhile, our nanny from the Philippines couldn't swim but started learning through free classes in the Hong Kong open water swimming community. She eventually completed a sea swim in her home country, highlighting the importance of swimming skills and belonging to a swimming community. In 2021, my family and I moved back to the UK. In 2022, while visiting the Kontiki museum in Oslo, I felt the urge for an adventure and considered taking a sabbatical from work. Inspired by a balsa wood raft that sailed across the Pacific in 1947, I decided to join a channel crossing closer to home. After researching charities, I chose Swim Tayka, which teaches swimming to kids in developing countries. Now, ten months later, our all-female team is preparing for a Peru crossing in just three weeks. Despite the challenging winter training in near-freezing waters, we are well-prepared and excited for our journey in July.From Hong Kong to the Channel: A Journey of Swimmers and Dreams