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Open water swimming combines life skills with environmental education

SwimTayka, a private non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom and the United States, launches its initiative for disadvantaged children living in the world’s lakes, rivers and oceans around the world. Through Swim Tayka, they will learn to swim and gain a valuable environmental education.  SwimTayka aims to help grow the next generation of world citizens, clean water stewards and strong, confident swimmers.

1.2 million people around the world die by drowning every year, more than two per minute. Of them, more than 50 percent are children.

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DREAM Project, the Dominican Republic

Cabarete, Dominican Republic (25 June – 28 July 2017) with our fabulous host DREAM Project.

Joining us will be our first Volunteer Environmental Educator from Huanchaco, Peru the indomitable Ana Lucia Rodriguez Moncado.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Forum

Happy springtime to you all!  We have so much to share with you and so much to thank you for.  Let’s begin.
 
We were honoured to be invited to attend a Drowning Prevention Forum hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and World Health Organization on May 2, 2017, in New York City.

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New Branding

Introducing our new logo. We give our heartfelt thanks for his design wizardry and generosity to David Hudson of Sheard & Hudson in London who created our new image.

We love it.

Thank you, David!

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Swimming lesson with the children of Peru

Swimming lessons at home in the UK are part of the school curriculum and usually supplemented with private lessons.  I must admit, being able to swim was something I took for granted until I arrived in Huanchaco, Peru.

Otra Cosa Network arranged for swimming lessons to be provided for the children of El Comedor during the summer holidays by Bryan Avery.  Bryan is a volunteer with a passion for swimming and a keen interest in teaching this skill.

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Teaching Swimming in Peru

Can’t really believe it was three years ago that I said to Jody I have found your perfect job in Perú, Cooking/Helping/Waiter At A Vegetarian Restaurant and I was emailing Regina from Otra Cosa Network about running swimming classes in Perú.  So the seed was planted and our trip to South America was taking shape.

Then whilst we were travelling across North America in August last year I made contact with Beata (Bibi) to reconnect with the NGO (charity) Otra Cosa Network.

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