AfriOceans Swim like a Shark™ Project Summary Proposal August 2019
Name of Project: Swim like a Shark
Project Agent: AfriOceans
Implementing Agent: AfriOceans
Sustainability plan: Yes
Focus Area: Swimming Skills, Ocean Literacy, Skills Development
Location: Shark Warrior Adventure Centre, Seaforth beach, Simonstown
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s):
Goal 4 - Quality Education; Goal 8 - Decent work & Economic Growth; Goal 13 - Climate Action; Goal 14 - Life Below Water
Target Audience: School learners, tour operators, local community, SA government.
Every summer season more than 37 children die from drowning in our coastal waters, not one from sharks. With this statistic uppermost in our minds, AfriOceans designed and implemented a unique Introduction to Swimming and Snorkeling Skills Project ‘Swim like a Shark’,with the emphasis on teaching kids how to be swim safe and shark wise.
We choose to teach the kids, many from poor disadvantaged communities in the ocean right in front of our Shark Warrior Adventure Centre, as opposed to a swimming pool. We have taught groups of children from nearby coastal schools including Simonstown school and recently from The Dream Centre, an aftercare centre for primary school township children. Our results have been phenomenal and the children really enjoy their time supervised in the water, learning different swimming strokes, how to be safe and getting to see what lies beneath the waves. This project saves lives by directing children away from gangsterism, crime and drugs and opens a world of opportunities that includes personal development, overcoming fear and learning new skills.
Project Director is award-winning conservationist, filmmaker, photographer and founder of AfriOceans: Lesley Rochat; Head of Education: Terry Corr
Our collaborating partner is the nearby Simonstown school, which serves a number of historically disadvantaged communities including Masiphumulele, Ocean View & Red Hill
• 4 week Programme offered during school term after school
• 3 phases over 3 years, which will be run from our beach-front public Shark Warrior Adventure Centre in Seaforth, Cape Town.
Every Programme like this needs help to flourish and grow and you can help!
Donating $100 or R 1500 will sponsor a child to take part in and complete this groundbreaking initiative.
For more information:
AfriOceans Conservation Alliance website:
Shark Warrior Adventures website:
Project Director Lesley Rochat