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Swimming – A must-have skill in Vietnam

Swimming – A must-have skill in Vietnam

Monday, March 16, 2015, 17:38 GMT+7

Everyone’s aware of how dangerous the traffic in Vietnam can be. But do you know that between one and 10 children, per day, drown in Vietnam?

It’s an irony that Australians living on one of the driest continents in the world, yet surrounded by 25,000 kilometers of coastline with more than 10,000 beaches, grow up learning the dangers of water and the need to learn to swim well enough to survive in the water.

My mother and my elementary school both insisted on swimming lessons, although swimming is not a compulsory subject in Australian education anymore. Interestingly, official organizations in my country such as the Royal Life Saving Society are calling for the re-introduction of mandatory swimming lessons for all elementary school children.

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