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The Story

Drowning is a leading cause of death in low-and-middle-income countries in Asia, and has become a major public health issue in Indonesia. It is often called an invisible issue.

Swimdo is working to change that.

Our mission is to reduce the rate of child drowning in Indonesia through innovative and multifaceted intervention. Our main tenants are education and instruction through which we prevent drowning events before they happen and provide individuals with the knowledge and know-how should a drowning occur. Our team is made up of certified professionals that have years of experience in CPR training, swim instruction, water safety, oceanography, sailing, surfing and community research.

Here at Swimdo, we seek to revolutionize the way Indonesia addresses child drowning.

Swim in Indo = Swimdo

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Our Programs

Survival Swimming

For children ages five to nine, survival swimming education is essential. That is why Swimdo has teamed up with The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia to create a unique and innovative program that makes learning essential survival skills both fun and accessible for school age children.

CPR and Safe Save Techniques

CPR and Safe-Save techniques are tools that promote safety and confidence while enabling potential first-responders to act immediately if a drowning event occurs. CPR and Safe-Save classes are offered in schools and local community centers in order to make these classes accessible to whomever may want to take part.

Water Safety Education

Water Safety Education is paramount in the prevention of drowning events. These classes are offered to school age children and adults. Classes include the construction of play pens, general information about the ocean (tides and currents), and the dangers of open water sources in and around the home.

Research

As part of Swimdo’s mission to reduce the rate of child drowning in Bali and to add to the global wealth of knowledge regarding the actual number drowning events, Swimdo conducts community research that focuses on swimming competency rates, resuscitation knowledge, and past drowning events.

about

Who We Are

Seamus Pettigrew

Seamus Pettigrew

Founder View Details
Neal From

Neal From

Executive Director View Details
Dylan Sohngen

Dylan Sohngen

Director of Research View Details
Tim Seiwerath

Tim Seiwerath

Development Manager View Details
Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana

Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana

Local Coordinator View Details
Indirah Made Santi

Indirah Made Santi

Local Coordinator View Details
Seamus Pettigrew

Seamus Pettigrew

Founder

An avid surfer from San Francisco, California, Seamus has traveled the world in pursuit of the best swells – ultimately leading him to making Bali his home. Seamus founded Swimdo in 2015, after noticing a ubiquitous lack of swimming education in the local communities – especially among children.

In the summer months, Seamus can be found in New York, where he works as a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. In the winter, you can find Seamus in Bali where he spends his time teaching Indonesian children water safety skills.

Seamus graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Neal From

Neal From

Executive Director

A former collegiate swimmer at Colorado College, Neal knows how much impact the opportunity to learn to swim can have on a child. He brings a lifetime of experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor to Swimdo, and has made Indonesia his second home. He believes deeply in Swimdo’s mission and looks forward to a future where every child in Indonesia is given the same opportunity and access to swimming education that he had.

Neal has a Bachelor of Arts in English and calls Los Angeles home.

Dylan Sohngen

Dylan Sohngen

Director of Research

A Southern California native, Dylan is an experienced waterman with a fondness for natures’ smaller beauties. From lifeguarding the beaches of Los Angeles to hunting new species as an entomologist, he brings to the team an array of experience reflecting passion for the outdoors and an eagerness to share it. Dylan taught children as both an equestrian riding and surf instructor while studying biology at UC San Diego and between tests competed with the university’s champion surf team. In Bali when he’s not in the pool with the kids, he’s surely hunting left barrels or the insects he studies.

Tim Seiwerath

Tim Seiwerath

Development Manager

Tim is the founder of yogaforpd.com, a pioneering yoga and fall-prevention program for people with Parkinson’s Disease. A Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified AcroYoga Instructor, he has taught internationally for over a decade to groups as large as 600, including as an invited presenter at Stanford’s Exercise and the Brain Symposium. His specialties include grantwriting, institutional relations, and adapting exercise and safety programs for people of all abilities, from the differently-abled to acrobats. An avid surfer and swimmer, he is honored to share his passion and expertise in the service of Indonesia’s children.

Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana

Tomi Kadek Cakra Kencana

Local Coordinator

Tomi Kencana was born in Keramas, Indonesia. He holds two Bachelors of Arts in Communications and English Translation. In addition to his work with Swimdo, Tomi works at Slukat Learning Center as a student mentor and volunteer manager. He is in charge of Swimdo’s community outreach programs and development. He enjoys taking part in swimming classes, is a Marco Polo champion, and hopes to one day learn to surf.

Indirah Made Santi

Indirah Made Santi

Local Coordinator

Indira Santi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Universitas Udayana. She works heads the International Relations Division at Slukat Learning Center and is ProjectKalpa’s Financial Manager.

Indira lives in Keramas, Indoneisa and spends much of her time at the beach. She understands firsthand how important swimming education is for the children of Indonesia – as she too did not know how to swim at a young age.

She now serves as the Swimdo Community Outreach Liaison, where she works to ensure that all young people in Keramas can swim, and enjoy the beaches safely

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Swimdo is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)3. We currently operate under the umbrella organization, The Social Good Fund Inc. a recognized non-profit per IRS Code 432.56.215-B. Tax ID: 46-1323531
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