Weather
26 ° C
26°C
19°C
Sunny Intervals
Breaking News

5 new cases of Covid-19 on 17 Sept. in Monaco brings total to 186: 2 hospitalised, 31 home monitored, 147 healed, 1 resident death

Water Safety Day with Princess Charlene

Water Safety Day with Princess Charlene

By Cassandra Tanti - June 18, 2019

HSH Princess Charlene has celebrated Water Safety Day with local school students and a host of athletes, raising awareness about how to stay safe on the water.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the Aquatic Rescue and Diving Centre of Monaco (CSAPM) and the association Cap ô Pas Cap, organised the special event on 17th June, in partnership with the Monaco Red Cross.

In the presence of HSH Princess Charlene and Gareth Wittstock, General Secretary of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, 58 school children aged between 11 and 13 were welcomed at the Larvotto Beach in Monaco to discover and learn about aquatic rescue.

A Year 7 class from the Collège François d’Assise – Nicolas Barré, a Year 7 class, a Year 7 AIS class (School Orientation and Integration) and a Year 8 class from the Collège Charles III in the Principality took part in various workshops: coastal rope rescue, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, drowning prevention, nipper boards, rescue tubes and the large water cycle.

Pierre Frolla, four-time world record holder in free-diving, director of the Aquatic Rescue and Diving Center of Monaco and Ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, was surrounded by high performance athletes and personalities in order to raise awareness among children about first aid and the risks related to the marine environment: Stéphanie Barneix, Cap Ô pas Cap Challenge, Lifesaving and Paddle Board World Champion; Alexandre Bermond, Swim Run Champion; Henry Davis, actor; the humorist Hassan de Monaco, Julien Lalanne, Lifesaving World Champion; Sandrine de Labarre, ‘Water Family du Flocon à la Vague’; Anthony Mazzer, European Junior Lifesaving Champion; Alice Modolo, World free-diving vice champion; Gwendal Peizerat, French, European, World and Olympic ice dance champion and Kate Williams, Swim Run Champion.

Photo: Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation

Encouraged by Marc Toesca’s comments, the personalities then took part in a friendly competition called the Ocean Race Sprint (Challenge for the Committed Celebrities). Each team was drawn at random and composed of three athletes who then competed in turns and in relay. The different challenges involved running, swimming and rescue paddle.

During the event, the Maritime Police of Monaco participated in a rescue demonstration using a new jet ski. Meanwhile, Sébastien Uscher launched the challenge ‘Stand up for the planet’, 30,000 paddle strokes for 30,000 pieces of waste collected. His start from Larvotto beach formalised the beginning of his awareness campaign to encourage young and old to pick up waste both on and offshore.

Restube’s and Oneup’s self-inflatable buoys were used during the sea rescue demonstrations.

The messages of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation are more relevant today than ever: to raise public awareness of the dangers of water, to educate children about prevention measures and to teach them how to swim. It was a tragic summer last year in France. From 1st June to 30th September 2018, 1,960 drownings were recorded, 597 of which were fatal, according to Santé Publique France.

The Water Safety Day was organised with the support of the Department of Education, Youth and Sport of Monaco (DENJS), the Monaco Red Cross, Cap ô pas Cap, the Maritime Police of Monaco and ‘Water Family du Flocon à la Vague’.

The day ended with a signing session which gathered children and adults.

shares
SHARE
Previous articleMonaco votes to decriminalise abortion
Next articleMonacology leaves a lasting impression on youth

daily

September 18, 2020 | Local News

Business climate continues to decline

Stephanie Horsman

The latest survey by IMSEE has revealed that the business climate continued to weaken in July, though retail trade and the auto commerce and repair sectors saw slight improvements.

0
September 18, 2020 | Local News

Nice tightens restrictions

Cassandra Tanti

The City of Nice has taken further action to limit the rapid spread of Covid-19, toughening rules on socialising and bars.

0
September 18, 2020 | Local News

Monaco Maritime Affairs unveils new boat

Stephanie Horsman

Vitamar III, the newest vessel to be launched by the Maritime Affairs Department, has been unveiled to much fanfare including a traditional baptism.

0
Cassandra Tanti

Transavia has announced its first five domestic routes that include a new run between Nice Côte d’Azur and Nantes Atlantique airports starting in November.

0