Pre-schoolers educated on water safety

Staying safe while swimming

10 October 2021 | Education

Marthin Muyenga; Lifeguard; “Drowning is the leading cause of injury or death in children under the age of seven…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]



Monarch Lifegaurd and Emergency Services hosted a presentation to educate the little ones from Ocean Star Preschool about water safety.

Marthin Muyenga, lifeguard and owner of Monarch, emphasised that water safety is important for all ages, but especially toddlers.

“Drowning is the leading cause of injury or death amongst children under the age of seven. Young children can drown in as little as an inch or two of water.”

According to Muyenga, this can happen quickly and silently.

“We deem it vital to teach the little ones about the importance of keeping safe around water.”

Lifesaving rules taught to the kindergarteners included to walk and never run near water, wear a lifejacket when swimming, ask permission to swim, and have adult supervision present at all times when swimming.

They were also encouraged to use paper or plastic cups around the swimming pool and not glass, to get into the water feet first, never swim when tired, not to eat or chew when in the water, to swim in an area supervised by lifeguards, and most importantly to learn how to swim and float in water.

Muyenga also encouraged community members to take water safety seriously.

“Drownings are often in the news. If we can work together we can save lives and avoid it.”

The learners from Ocean Star Preschool were the first to benefit from this presentation and Monrach hopes to take it to more schools.

“We do these presentations free of charge and for the benefit of our community. The schools just need to organise themselves and we will be there. People are most welcome to contact with us.”

Muyenga said that he is looking forward to take the initiative to other towns as well.

“Drowning does not only happen along the coast but all over our country. Other towns can organise themselves in groups, and we will travel at our own costs to educate.”

Sylvana Langenhoven, a teacher at Ocean Star, welcomed the lifesaving tips shared.

“It was great making the children aware of the dangers. These children will now go home and tell their parents and siblings about what they’ve learned, and thus the message will spread.”

The pre-schoolers enthusiastically shared what they have learned and each one received a lollipop for being attentive after the session.

Similar News

 

Covid-19 pandemic reforms education

13 hours ago | Education

Windhoek ∙ Iréne-Mari van der Walt Amidst the looming uncertainty of the new semester calendar ushered in by the ministry of education, arts and...

Less than three weeks of schooling left in 2021...

3 days ago - 27 November 2021 | Education

The last school day for pre-primary and Grade 1 to 10 learners will be on l5 December 2021. The grade 11-AS and grade 12...

Apprenticeship bursaries offered by Namdock

1 week ago - 17 November 2021 | Education

Namibia Drydock and Ship Repair (Namdock) in Walvis Bay is offering apprenticeship bursaries for dynamic young Namibians wishing to pursue studies in technical vocational education....

Seaside hosts first grade 7 graduation

1 week ago - 17 November 2021 | Education

Walvis Bay • [email protected] Seaside Primary School in Walvis Bay held their first graduation ceremony for their grade 7 learners. This is the first...

Celebrating the children of the world

2 weeks ago - 10 November 2021 | Education

Windhoek ∙ Yolanda NelNovember 20 marks World Children’s Day to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.Unicef, together with the non-profit...

Teaching regulatory authority to be established

3 weeks ago - 09 November 2021 | Education

Windhoek ∙ [email protected] A conference was held in Windhoek last week by the ministry of education and the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) to...

KLAS VAN 2021 GROET

3 weeks ago - 07 November 2021 | Education

Met die einde van die jaar wat wink, hou baie skole nou hul afskeids- en matriekafskeidseremonies. Hier is De Duine Sekondêre Skool se klas van...

Study loan defaulters to face litigation and blacklisting

4 weeks ago - 02 November 2021 | Education

Windhoek ∙ [email protected] The acting CEO of the Namibian Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Kennedy Kandume, says beneficiaries owe the fund N$2.6 billion. According...

Free online courses a hoax

1 month - 30 October 2021 | Education

Swakopmund • [email protected] A Facebook post is falsely informing the world that the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is offering free online courses for...

CATS programme beneficial

1 month - 26 October 2021 | Education

Manica Namibia has been affiliated with the Commercial Advancement Training Scheme (CATS) programme since 2005, and has had over 39 intakes, with an impressive pass...

Latest News

Port users appreciated

12 hours ago | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay • [email protected] The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) hosted its annual port users’ event, which showcases appreciation and gratitude towards each port user...

Covid-19 pandemic reforms education

13 hours ago | Education

Windhoek ∙ Iréne-Mari van der Walt Amidst the looming uncertainty of the new semester calendar ushered in by the ministry of education, arts and...

NFCPT head office officially opened...

13 hours ago | Fishing

Walvis Bay • [email protected] The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) officially opened its revamped head office in Walvis Bay. This facility (constructed...

Renewable energy transition requires investors

1 day - 30 November 2021 | Economics

Windhoek • Phillepus Uusiku Namibia has the world’s second highest solar irradiation regime, high wind power potential and potential for geothermal and bioenergy developments....

Mile 4 se karavaanpark gaan...

1 day - 30 November 2021 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected] Die minister van verdediging en veterane sake, Frans Kapofi, het Donderdag ’n nuwe speelpark by die Mile 4-karavaanpark geopen. Die speelpark...

Nog ’n termyn vir Forbes...

1 day - 30 November 2021 | Government

Trevino Forbes het sy posisie as die burgemeester van Walvisbaai behou met Sara Mutondoka wat as die onderburgemeester verkies is tydens die onlangse verkiesing van...

TIDES

1 day - 30 November 2021 | Fishing

Tuesday, 30 November Low 05:49 High 12:18 Low 18:34 High 00:56 Wednesday, 1 December Low 06:41 High ...

Grumpy’s fishing report

1 day - 30 November 2021 | Fishing

Some decent fish were caught at Paaltjies this past week. Landing the big ones is quite a tough feat and it was the more...

Hepatitis E cases drop significantly

1 day - 29 November 2021 | Health

Windhoek • Ellanie Smit Hepatitis E cases in Namibia have shown a major decline since the outbreak started in 2017, while deaths have...

Load More