Water Safety For Refugees
It’s an issue that’s easy to miss. Many refugees are thankfully relocated from war-torn regions and the difficult conditions of refugee camps. The move “from harm to home” is a great step forward in comfort and security, but in Arizona they are typically living in apartment properties that prominently feature a swimming pool – something refugee children are often being exposed to for the first time in their lives. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
Since 2007, our program has featured swimmers taking an active role in water safety by working with refugee children to teach basic water survival skills.
FAST trains competitive swimmers to work with experienced swimming instructors in teaching the basics of water safety and drowning prevention to refugees. Partnership with the International Rescue Committee makes it possible to bring FAST and refugee populations together.
FAST volunteers – very much at home in the water and trained by experienced instructors – have proven themselves as ideal mentors, even with a seemingly insurmountable language barrier. Kids relate to kids in a way that no one else can.
We envision our water safety outreach to go beyond refugees to other groups in the community who are open to working with us to prevent drowning.
Please contact us for more information.