The World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2011 will include several interactive tours on Thursday 12th May as part of the conference program. These tours will give conference participants a firsthand look at current drowning prevention strategies, and the water hazards and risks associated with everyday Vietnamese life.
Conference delegates will be able to pre-register for these interactive tours from early April 2011. Further details will be provided by the conference secretariat.
(1) Cycle Tour - Water Hazards and risks in Asia - Urban Tour
Get a personal insight into daily Vietnamese life and interactions with water whilst enjoying a leisurely ride through a residential area of Hoi An. Hear from guest speakers as you cycle past residential houses, wells, rivers and ferry crossings and witness the drowning hazards Vietnamese people encounter during everyday life. On this tour you will also visit a pre-school and hear about its role in keeping the young children of Vietnam safe from drowning. For those wishing to stay in Hoi An you will be dropped off in the old town after finishing this tour. *
(2) Cycle Tour - Water Hazards and risks in Asia - Rural Tour
Witness Vietnamese life whilst enjoying a leisurely cycle through the picturesque countryside of Hoi An. Hear from guest speakers as you cycle past rice paddies, irrigation channels, rivers, ferry crossings, homes and wells, and see the drowning hazards Vietnamese people encounter during everyday life. For those wishing to stay in Hoi An to shop or enjoy the fabulous restaurants you will be dropped off in the old town after finishing this tour. *
(3) Traditional Fishing and Coracles
Learn about fishing the Vietnamese way as you are introduced to traditional fishing methods including the coracle – the small round fishing craft of Vietnam, boats and large fishing nets used by hand. Receive a fascinating insight into the life of Vietnamese fishermen and watch a demonstration of a coracle in use. You will discuss drowning prevention methods with fellow tour members. This tour will take place on famous China Beach
(4) Lifeguarding - Beach
If you’re interested in lifeguarding or ever wondered how lifeguards operate in Vietnam, then this tour is for you. This tour is situated on world famous China Beach, where you will hear from members of the Lifeguard Administration Board and lifeguards themselves as they discuss the challenges and methods of keeping people safe on the beach and in the water. This tour will include a demonstration of lifeguarding equipment and participants will be able to witness the different patterns of beach usage during the afternoon and how this impacts upon lifeguarding operations.
(5) SwimSafe - Survival Swimming Program - Ngu Hanh Son District
The SwimSafe Survival Swimming Program has taught 12,000 Vietnamese children to swim in the past two years. Witness this program taking place at a local primary school in Ngu Hanh Son District near Marble Mountain, including the use of portable pools, and hear from school officials and SwimSafe instructors about the impact this program has had on their school, the students and the broader community.
(6) SwimSafe - Survival Swimming Program - Son Tra District
The SwimSafe Survival Swimming Program has taught 12,000 Vietnamese children to swim in the past two years. Witness this program taking place at a local primary school in Son Tra District, including the use of portable pool technology, and hear from school officials and SwimSafe instructors about what this program has meant to the school and the students.
(7) Disaster Management
An easy walking tour through the World Heritage Town of Hoi An reveals the reality of disaster risk in an area where flooding, storm surges and tropical storms are regular occurrences. Take in the importance of the Thu Bon River for fishing trade and tourism as you stroll along its banks, stopping at a number of sites of interest to hear about the impact of floods and coping strategies in the Hoi An community. If you choose to, you can stay in Hoi An for the evening and enjoy the restaurants and shopping this delightful town has to offer. *
(8) River Cruise
Witness traditional fishing techniques, people's daily interactions with water and water transportation from a river cruise around Hoi An where the Thu Bon River meets the South China Sea. This tour will provide participants with a first hand look at Vietnamese people's daily interactions with water. Tour participants will hear a presentation and be able to ask questions and discuss strategies for drowning prevention and awareness raising in Vietnam and the region. The tour will end with a stroll through the historic Old Town where you can then either rejoin the buses or enjoy dinner and a drink in one of Hoi An’s fantastic restaurants.*
* If you choose to stay in Hoi An after the cycle, disaster management tour or river cruise, it will be your responsibility to get back to your hotel. Please carry enough cash for a taxi and ask the restaurant to arrange one for you.