Safe Water Sports has redesigned, in collaboration with the Coast Guard - Port Police Directorate, an extensive education program for pupils in schools across the country, called WATCH OUT - LEARN - CARE. This program was launched by the Coast Guard five years ago for the 1st and 2nd class of the primary school in order to inform citizens about the protection of human life and the reduction of accidents and drownings at sea. With the collaboration of Safe Water Sports, the program was completely redesigned and recently (Spring 2016) received the approval of the Ministry of Education for its introduction to primary and secondary education. This training, which has as main objective the consolidation of the rules of safety for the stay at the beach, swimming, sea and water sports, now concerns pupils of all age groups and is held every year in the period March - June of the school year on a nationwide basis.
The training program is based on the following categories of students:
1st, 2nd and 3rd primary school (1st level)
4th, 5th and 6th primary school (1st level)
1st, 2nd and 3rd high school (2st grade)
Secondary school pupils are trained in the months of March and April of each year (before the start of the exam) and in the May and June primary months. At the same time, in all schools where this training takes place, there is the possibility of planning an information seminar and parents through the respective Parents & Guardian Associations.
Thanks to Safe Water Sports's cooperation with the Coast Guard, the program was redesigned to cover all school classes. The Coast Guard contributes to this effort the port workers working in the country's port authorities, who will assume the role of the presenter-instructor, and Safe Water Sports to design and implement the training material (content) that is appropriate to pull attention and interest of children.
In the school year 2016-2017, more than 38,000 students were trained on this program by both Port and Volunteer Safe Water Sports in public and private schools across the country.
In the prefecture of Attica 1,542 elementary school pupils were trained in 8 elementary schools and 330 high school students by the Coast Guard - Port Police Department. From Safe Water Sports 3,500 elementary and high school students. In the rest of Greece, 28,545 students were trained in 257 elementary schools and 3,324 students in 30 high schools.
The target for 2018 is education - awareness for more than 50,000 students on an annual basis. The new program aims to change the culture of children with the direct consequence of reducing drownings and accidents through theoretical and experiential education, raising awareness and informing the public, which we believe will be a good example for the whole Europe.
To re-design the WATCH OUT - LEARN - CARE program, the Safe Water Sports team of teachers worked volunteer and handed over to the Coast Guard:
Tips and rules that children (depending on their age) need to know about beach, sea and water sports safety.
Interactive powerpoints with comic illustrations, and animations to present and explain the security rules to students.
A series of educational informational videos designed to stimulate pupils' interest and at the same time to be material that could be communicated and spread through social media or public awareness.
3D animation video
Fairy tales and songs for young children
Newsletters for children to be distributed in schools (10,000)
With the generous sponsorship of the Latsis Foundation Fairy Museum, this series of educational videos was created with the participation of leading Greek Olympic champions and athletes of wet track. More specifically, the following are involved:
1. Nikos Kaklamanakis - Windsurfing, Gold Olympic Champion
2. Spyros Gianiotis - Offshore Swimming, Silver Olympic Champion
3. Sophia Papadopoulou - Bronze Olympic Sailing Champion
4. Angeliki Karapataki - Silver Army Olympic Champion
5. Christos Afroudakis - Olympic Champion - Head of the National Water Team
6. Nicolas Piltas - Champion of sea-skiing
7. The National Synchronized Swimming Group - EvangeliaPlatanioti, Evelina Papazoglou, Sofia Malkogeorgou, Athanasia Tsola.
Safe Water Sports also created an online Safe-Sports Academy online learning platform for children and young people from 5 to 16 years of age. The educational material provided through the Safe Water Sports Academy is also used by the Coast Guard Department of the Ministry of Maritime for the education of children in classrooms in public schools throughout the country within the framework of the approved program of the Ministry of Education under the name " WATCH OUT - LEARN - CARE".
In order to access this educational material through the Safe Water Sports Academy you only need a computer with Internet access. The system is already structured in such a way that it offers the right educational content depending on the age of the participant. At the same time, it enables trainers to intervene in the structure of the training scenario and to create a new one tailored to their own particular needs.
Interactive game, especially for the younger age, is the most effective means of education. For this reason, we created a "training suitcase" that includes Playmobil games (recreation of beach and sea activities), activity cards, color books, story cubes (cubes with images to spark children's imagination) and more, with the aim of informing children through the game and fun.
The training suitcase that Safe Water Sports created with the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation transforms your space into a huge beach that has all of them ... buckets, loungers, jetski, tubes and above all fun ...
The suitcase is suitable for schools, children's camps, hotels, swimming pools, etc.
The design and development of the new educational material became a reality with the recent donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation on the basis of the creation of a modern, interactive educational material according to the new trends in pedagogy and psychology. Our goal and commitment is that educational material is continually enriched and improved to become a basic tool for shaping a new culture and behavior for children and youth.