To protect children from drowning, CIPRB has designed the survival swimming teaching program “SwimSafe”, which is a flagship programme of the organization, now has been recommended by WHO. The SwimSafe intervention was found 96% protective.
Rural ponds are not safe for children. To ensure safety the ponds are modified by a bamboo infrastructure. The structure has two compartments, the shallow and deep-water compartments. The depth of the shallow water is 60-70 cm/24-30 inches, which is equivalent to 6-10-year-old children's waist or chest height, which is considered as drowning risk-free for those children. Children learn the preliminary skills including push, glide, kick, arm pull and floating in the shallow area. The outer deep-water compartment is secured by a bamboo fencing. This outer deep water is for swimming 25 metres and treading or floating 30 seconds. This programme teaches children land based reach and throw rescue.