In 2015, 193 world leaders of the United Nations signed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are set up to make the world a better place and put an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change. Prevention of drownings is an essential element to achieve a number of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Swim Foundation's mission - to prevent or reduce the number of drownings - contributes to Articles 3 and 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals:
Article 3 contributes to the goal of reducing the number of 'preventable deaths'. Drowning is a typical example of a preventable death. The Swim Foundation wants to contribute to this goal by teaching as many people as possible to swim in the most effective way possible - by training swimming teachers.
Article 4 contributes to the goal of improving 'access to education'. The Swim Foundation wants to contribute to this goal by educating as many people as possible in basic swimming skills for free (i.e. making it very accessible).
It is our ambition to operate in the most sustainable way as reasonably possible. For example we try to reduce our ecological footprint by minimising travelling by plane. We achieve this by working with country clusters to reduce flying back and forth. But also we try to choose our transportation based on minimal environmental impact (i.e. train, bicycle, sailboat, e-car, etc.).