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Worldwide, every 2-minutes a person drowns. An estimated 236,000 people drown every year. Drowning is the second largest cause of unnatural death among children aged 1-5 years.

More than 90% of drowning deaths occur in rivers, lakes, wells, and domestic water storage vessels in low- and middle-income countries, with children and adolescents in rural areas disproportionately affected. The highest drowning rate is amongst children between the ages of 1 and 5. The ACAF focuses mainly on children between the ages of 2-12-years. In South Africa, the statistics show that more than three children under the age of five-years drown every day. There are approximately 15x near-drowning incidents in South Africa every day.


Swimming is a basic, but an essential life skill which nearly every human being aspires to accomplish at one stage of his/her life, does not matter how young or old you are. The ACAF wants to fulfil this need for people from a very young age already. Our planned swim hubs will cover a variety of swimming programmes which include:

1) Learn-to-swim lessons for toddlers and pre-school children (2-6 years),

2) Future Stars - Stroke and stroke correction lessons for young competitive swimmers (7-12 years),

3) Learn-to-Swim Programme for adults (18-years and older),

4) Advanced Swim Programme for Special Needs Kids (any age)


As society leaders we need to highlight the need for urgent-, co-ordinated-, and multi-sectoral action on proven measures to prevent drowning incidents from happening. Such measures can include:   

  • installing barriers controlling access to water

  • providing safe places away from water such as crèches for pre-school children with capable childcare and supervision

  • teaching swimming, water safety and self-rescue skills

  • training caretakers and parents in CPR and First Aid

  • having emergency rescue and first responders’ numbers always ready and available

  • setting and enforcing safe boating, shipping, and ferry regulations

  • improving flood risk management



The ACAF is a strong supporter of the WHO’s World Drowning Prevention Day (25 July) by hosting water safety awareness events at village- and township pre-schools and learning centres and handing water safety tips and booklets over to them. In some instances, we do practical exhibition sessions with them at participating swim school facilities. All our programmes are focused on drowning prevention and varies from as wide as infants to adults. Lizette is one of the world’s leading experts on infant- and toddler swimming. The ACAF aims to sponsor many community-based water safety programmes and education amongst children of grassroot communities.  



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