Safe Water Sports, in collaboration with the Coast Guard - Port Police Directorate, has redesigned an extensive educational - awareness program for students in schools across the country, called CHECK - LEARN - CARE. This program was launched by the Coast Guard five years ago for the 1st and 2nd class of primary school in order to inform citizens about the protection of human’s life and the reduction of accidents and drownings in the sea. Through the collaboration with Safe Water Sports, the program was completely redesigned and recently (in Spring 2016) received the approval of the Ministry of Education for its introduction to the primary and secondary education. This training, which has as a main objective the consolidation of the safety guidelines regarding the stay at the beach, swimming, sea and water sports, now concerns students of all age groups and it is conducted in March till June of the school year on a nationwide basis each year.
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 students are trained in March and April of each year (before the beginning of the exams) while primary school students are trained in May and June.
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 by providing the port employees, who work in the country's port authorities, and take over the role of presenter-instructor, while Safe Water Sports is in charge of designing and implementing the content of the awareness material in order to attract children's attention.
In the school year of 2016-2017, more than 38,000 students were trained through this program by the Port and Safe Water Sports Volunteers in public and private schools across the country.
In the county of Attica, 1,542 primary school students were trained in 8 primary schools and 330 high school students by the Coast Guard - Port Police Department, while 3,500 primary and high school students in total were trained by Safe Water Sports. In the rest of Greece, 28,545 students were trained in 257 primary schools and 3,324 students in 30 high schools.
The goal of 2018 is to educate and provide awareness to more than 50,000 students on an annual basis. The new program aims to change the culture of children in order to consequently reduce drownings and accidents through theoretical and experiential education and public's awareness, through which we believe this can set a good example for the whole Europe.
For the redesign of the CHECK - LEARN - CARE program, the Safe Water Sports team of teachers worked on a volunteer basis and provided the Coast Guard with the following material:
- Tips and guidelines that children need to know about their safety at the beach, sea and water sports (depending on their age).
- Interactive power points with comic illustrations and animations in order to present and explain the safety guidelines to students.
- A series of educational - awareness videos that were designed to stimulate students' interest and at the same time to be easily communicated and shared on social media or presented in public spots.
- 3D animation video
- Fairy tales and songs for young children
- Awareness brochures that address children and are distributed in schools (10,000)
With the generous sponsorship of the Neraida Floating Museum by Latsis Foundation, a series of educational videos was created with the participation of leading Greek Olympic champions and athletes of wet track. More specifically, the following athletes 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 educational platform, the Safe Water Sports Academy for children and teenagers from 5 to 16 years of age. The educational material that is 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 "CHECK - LEARN - CARE".
In order to access this educational material through the Safe Water Sports Academy you only need a computer with an Internet access. The system is already structured in such a way that 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 educational scenario by creating a new scenario, based on their particular needs.
Interactive game, especially for the young ages, is considered as the most effective means of education. For this reason, we created a "educational suitcase" that includes Playmobil games (recreation of a beach and sea activities), activity cards, color books, story cubes (cubes with images to attract children's imagination) etc. in order to inform children through games and fun.
The ''educational suitcase'' that Safe Water Sports created through the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, transforms your space into a huge beach that consists of everything, such as buckets, loungers, jetski, tubes and the most important, the feeling of having a good time.
The suitcase is suitable for schools, children's camps, hotels, swimming pools, etc.
For further information regarding the educational program please click one of the following:
The design and the development of the new educational material was completed via the recent donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation on the basis of the creation of a modern, interactive educational material according to the new existing trends in the sector of pedagogy and psychology. Our goal and commitment is that the educational material is enriched and improved on a continuous level in order to become a basic tool of shaping a new culture and behaviour for children and youth.
For further information please click here in order to read the press release by the Cost Guard that refers to the program's report for the present school year.