The leadership of the Ghana Swimming Association (GSA) on Saturday, September 1, put together a presentation on drowning prevention and life saving techniques at the University of Ghana Swimming Pool to mark this year’s Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Aquatics Day.
The World Aquatics Day is celebrated annually by member associations in July to encourage the power of aquatic sports for social wellbeing and development.
The event, which was organised in collaboration with the Ghana Lifesaving and Diving Association and the rescue team of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) was also meant to create awareness on the importance of swimming and lifesaving techniques.
The over five-hour event which brought together members of various swimming associations and clubs focused on safety messages, demonstration of rescue techniques, drowning prevention education and demonstration on how to help others in difficulties without putting the helper’s life in danger.
Some of the dignitaries observing proceedings during the demonstrations
“A lot of people don’t know the importance of swimming so the FINA executives decided that in every year in July, all federation members will submit their programs to mark the World Aquatic Day in their various countries so as an association we chose to do drowning prevention because of the perennial flooding in our communities which always destroy many lives and properties,” said Miss Farida Iddrissu, Treasurer of the association.
She continued: “So the World Aquatic Day was initiated to sensitise the world about the importance of everything related to aquatic be it swimming, diving, open water and artistic swimming. We want to let people know that you don’t have to be a professional swimmer to learn how to swim but swimming is good for our health and can save us during flooding.
For his part, chairperson of the National Sports Authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang commended the executives of the association for putting together the event and hoped the programme will be extended to the other regions of the country to help save lives during flooding.
Leadership of the swimming federation in a photograph with the NSA board chairman, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang (5th from left)
“I am really impressed that they have chosen this day to organize such an activity. I thought it was just going to be swimming but they have decided to educate the people on safeguarding lives around our waters.
They have also shown us how to use tools and techniques to demonstrate how to save people when they are drowning and I wish we had a lot more people here to see how the demonstration is done,” he said.
In attendance were Mrs Delphina Quaye, acting president of the GSA, Seth Nti, general secretary, Mr Achibald Kobbina, Greater Accra Regional Director of NADMO and Mr David Afezame, president of the Ghana Lifesaving and Diving Association.