Posted by John Schorr
The CMIRC-Kru Payu Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program is ready to start its third year serving all 11 Chiang Mai Municipal Schools. Once again this year, every 4th grader in all 11 schools will have the opportunity to learn basic survival swimming and water safety. Our Kru Payu Swim instructors will begin our courses at Bronco Kids Sport Center for the Wat Gu Kam and Wat Gate Municipal Schools on June 5th and for the Wat Puak Chang and Wat Mun Ngen Gong Municipal Schools on June 6th. 
 
We have also planned a Certificate Ceremony at the Wat Gu Kam School for students who completed the course since January 1 of this year. The ceremony will be on June 6, at 9:30am.  All CMIRC members are welcome to attend.
 
We are proud to say that by the end of this year, our survival swim courses will have reached over 1,000 children in Chiang Mai, and beginning this year, we can say that every graduate of a Chiang Mai Municipal School will have had the opportunity to learn survival swimming. This is truly a milestone.
 
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children in Thailand and most poor children do not know how to swim or what to do when they see friends or family members in trouble in the water.  The CMIRC-Kru Payu Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program is working to reduce the tragic loss of over 1,000 children every year in Thailand. 

 
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