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Operation S.O.S. – Save Our Selves
Learn to Swim Program

The National Conservation Commission is proud to announce the return of its community outreach and public education initiative, “Operation S.O.S.” – Save Our Selves. This program aims to educate individuals aged 10 years and older on essential swimming skills and water safety practices. By participating in this program, attendees will gain valuable knowledge and skills to prevent drowning incidents and promote responsible behaviour in aquatic environments. 

“Operation S.O.S.” offers a comprehensive curriculum, including discussions on drowning prevention, water safety guidelines, understanding ocean currents, interpreting flags and beach signage, as well as hands-only CPR training. To ensure the utmost quality and safety, the Barbados Lifeguard Service, recognized as a leader in drowning prevention, will be facilitating the program.

The primary objectives of “Operation S.O.S.” are twofold. Firstly, it aims to familiarise participants with the experience of ocean swimming, helping them recognize potential hazards associated with this activity. By gaining a deeper understanding of the ocean environment, attendees can develop a greater respect for the marine ecosystem and engage in more responsible behaviours while enjoying its offerings.

The program highlights several key components that are vital for water safety education. Participants will engage in interactive discussions focusing on drowning prevention, where they will learn crucial information and strategies to prevent drowning incidents. Furthermore, the program covers important dos and don’ts of water safety, equipping individuals with practical guidelines to ensure their well-being while engaging in water-related activities.

Understanding ocean currents is another essential aspect addressed by “Operation S.O.S.” Participants will learn how to recognize and navigate currents effectively, thereby minimising the risks associated with strong water movements. This knowledge will empower individuals to make informed decisions and respond appropriately to changing aquatic conditions.

Moreover, the program provides valuable instruction on interpreting flags, beach signage, wind patterns, and waves. Understanding these visual cues is essential for individuals to make informed decisions about water conditions and potential risks. By enhancing participants’ awareness of these indicators, “Operation S.O.S.” empowers them to make responsible choices regarding their personal safety.

The program will accommodate approximately one hundred (100) individuals aged 10 years and older. Operation “S.O.S.” will be held over a six-week period at Brownes Beach, near the beach facility. The program is scheduled to commence on July 19th and conclude on August 23rd, 2023. Training sessions are set to take place on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

On completion of the program, participants are expected to develop the ability to swim and save themselves in water. Additionally, they will acquire the knowledge to identify and understand some of the potential threats that may be encountered in aquatic environments. The program aims to instill a greater understanding and respect for the marine environment through daily physical contact with the ocean and engaging lectures and discussions on relevant marine and aquatic topics.

Join us in this endeavour to create a safer and more knowledgeable community when it comes to ocean swimming and water-related activities.

Complete and submit the application form to

Call the National Conservation Commission at 536-0617 for more information.

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