Brazil beautiful Itacare – come and join us

Posted on 6 October, 2017

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Please join us with our partner ETIV do Brasil in beautiful Itacare, Bahia; where the tropical rainforest meets the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful beaches, jungles, waterfalls and wildlife abound. Bahia is located in the North Eastern region of Brazil and has a deep Afro-Brazilian culture that is famous for its unique art, music, dance and traditions including Capoeira and Samba.


Please apply by 15th February

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Peru – January / March 2018 (8 weeks).

Posted on 25 September, 2017

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For 3 – 4 swimmers, environmental educators, and water safety experts. A wonderful, laid back surf and fishing town in northwest Peru, famous for ceviche.  This will be our third year in Huanchaco and we can expect to work with lots of enthusiastic kids, and friendly and supportive surfers, lifeguards, educators, and service providers.  Great for Spanish speakers.  Please join us for 2 weeks or 2 months. Please apply by November 1st.

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World Conference on Drowning Prevention

Posted on 20 September, 2017

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The founder from SwimTayka Dena Marshall and Bryan Avery will attend this biennial international conference, and also newly appointed (Oceans 7 Swimmer) Michelle Macy. SwimTayka has been invited to deliver a short presentation to the annual sub-meeting of the International Swimming Teachers Association (ISTA), the national swim instructors organization for the UK. We are excited for this opportunity to be a part of the global drowning prevention dialogue with Michelle at our side.

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English Channel Relay

Posted on 9 September, 2017

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Want to swim the English Channel in a relay from England to France and be proud to say “I swam the Everest of Swims!…

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Open water swimming combines life skills with environmental education

Posted on 1 August, 2017

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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. There are perhaps eight to ten times more who experience a drowning scenario but who manage to reach safety alone or are rescued by their peers, by lifeguards or by others. 

Enticing on hot days and in the summer months, lakes, rivers and oceans offer opportunities for endless fun and activities.  However swimming and playing in open water also involves risk.  Hazards include poor water quality, inclement weather, submerged hazards, boats, strong currents, dangerous marine life, and hypothermia. Learning the skills to manage these risks and reach safety or to help others is critical to open water survival.

SwimTayka was launched by marathon swimmer/Ironman  Bryan Avery and triathlete/environmental mediator Dena Marshall.  SwimTayka partners with local organisations in poor, waterside communities to provide free lessons and environmental education.  Instructors are international volunteers with a passion for open water swimming, lifesaving certifications, teaching credentials, and foreign language skills.  Volunteers in environmental education, interpreters, development and marketing skills, along with sponsors are also key to their success.

SwimTayka’s inaugural project will be mid-January to early-March 2017 in Huanchaco, Peru, in collaboration with Otra Cosa Network (www.otracosa.org), a long-standing community-based NGO there.

“Water is life.  Life is learning. Our vision is that all children, regardless of economic or social status, should have the skills of confident swimmers and have a deep respect and care for our earth’s lakes, rivers and oceans.” Says co-founder Bryan Avery.

“The word tayka means mother in Aymara, a widely spoken, ancient language in the Andean region.  A mother teaches her children critical life skills and she also teaches them our connection to the earth and how to care for it.”  Says co-founder Dena Marshall.

To get involved as a volunteer, sponsor, or partner organisation, or to make a donation, please visit the SwimTayka website at www.swimtayka.org or email us directly at info@swimtayka.org.

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DREAM Project, the Dominican Republic

Posted on 27 May, 2017

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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.

Also joining us will be two volunteer assistants, environmental educator August Lewis-Hoogerhuis and swimmer Sofia Ben-Zaken of Portland, Oregon USA.

Welcome to SwimTayka
Ana Lucia
August
Sofia

Thanks to Susan Hammer and Rabbi Joel Soffin we have dozens of new and gently used swimsuits to distribute in Cabarete! Our volunteer participation would not have been possible without the generous support of all of you, and an anonymous donor.

While our volunteers are fundraising to defray the out-of-pocket costs of the Cabarete project, please chip in here too

http://swimtayka.org/analucia/

Thank you thank you thank you!

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Forum

Posted on 26 May, 2017

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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. Drowning is underreported, yet it still counts as the third leading cause of accidental injury death for children around the world. The global initiative to curb drowning is well underway, and we aim to be part of the solution.

We are still shy of our fundraising goals. Please help us by chipping in. Every little bit counts.

 

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New Branding

Posted on 24 May, 2017

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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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