Posted by John Schorr
With the help of the Safe Child Thailand Foundation, CMIRC continues to move forward with plans to use the Rotary Club network to expand its Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program to other cities in Thailand. The Rotary Club of Lampang has just graduated its second group of students who have completed their swim course based on the Chiang Mai curriculum. This brings the total number of students who have had survival swimming instruction in Lampang to 60.  (A class in Lampang is pictured at right.)
In Phuket, the Rotary Club of Patong Beach is ready to launch its Water Safety and Drowning Prevention classes in June for over 90, 4th-grade students. They too will be using the model Royal Life Saving Society curriculum adapted for Thailand developed here in Chiang Mai. The Safe Child Thailand Foundation sponsors the instructor training and pilot project expenses for these new courses, with the agreement that the Rotary Clubs will continue to offer these programs in the future.
Finally, the CMIRC-Kru Payu Swim team (John, Pomme, Wanida, Kru Garn) made a presentation on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 to the Rotary Club Chiang Mai North. The hope is for Chiang Mai North Rotarians to use their contacts in the Temple Schools surrounding Chiang Mai to help us expand the program in our province.