The Swimdo Blog

Going, Going, Back, Back, to Bali.

Well, we’re already here, and have been for some time, but hey, can’t beat that headline! Over the past 4 months, the American side of Swimdo, that is, Seamus and Dylan followed by myself and our newest team member, Andrew, have been working to develop our already blossoming swim program on-site in Keramas, Bali. As you may or may not know, we have been running Swimdo’s survival swimming program all year round thanks to the help of our local coordinators and instructors.This is a huge step for our program and the direction that we have been aiming for from day one; a program run by locals for locals. Because, that’s what we set out to do, to help inspire a grassroots movement that promotes a culture of swimming competency throughout Bali and the rest of Indonesia. And we’re doing it! As of right now, we have 4 local instructors, and 2 local coordinators that help to run and develop our current programs. With their help, the rest of our team is able to concentrate our efforts on exploring new at-risk communities, further develop our relationships with other international NGOs, apply for bigger grants, and so much more!We’re happy to announce that this year has been another record breaker in terms of fundraising. Every year we want to raise more money than we did the last, and we keep on doing it. It seems, the more people that realize what a significant and easily solved problem child drowning is, they want to get involved!All over the world, drowning is a leading cause of child mortality and almost no one knows it! Why is that you’re wondering, well, let me tell you. First of all, the majority of the child drownings that occur every year happen in super marginalized communities throughout the developing world where access to hospitals is limited and thus, most drowning deaths go undocumented. Drowning rates in these communities are so high because a lot of the time access to piped water is almost nonexistent. That means that sources of water need to be easily accessible and that means there are water hazards very close to the home. Families in these communities usually live below the poverty line so they depend on the income of both parents. This means that the supervision of young children usually falls on older children or grandparents, both of whom are not ideal child supervisors (no offense grandma). All of these factors combined increase the likelihood that a child born in one of these communities may drown.So what can we do to prevent this silent child killer? We can Swimdo. Swimdo has teamed up with organizations like The Royal Life Saving Society, AustSwim, and Ransel Buku to develop specialized curriculum and early childhood development centers to reduce the rate of child drowning in the communities we operate in. We have also begun surveying surrounding villages in Bali to identify the communities most at risk to begin developing programs there as well. We have a commitment to these communities, to the families in them, and to our team of local employees that believe so much in what we have set out to do.Every day we work to save lives. Every day we work to make the world a little bit safer for the children in it. And we couldn’t do it without all of you! So thank you so much for your continued support and for believing in all of us.Terima Kasih Banyak!-Neal

The Boys Are Back In Bali

In the six months since leaving Bali I’ve had the pleasure of telling a lot of people about Swimdo and the progress we have made this year. One of our crowning achievements being that while myself and Swimdo’s founding duo are in North America, the program is still running in Indonesia!Bringing this exciting news to numerous fundraisers up and down the west coast and as far north as Vancouver, Canada for the World Conference on Drowning Prevention brought feelings of accomplishment and excitement. However, nothing beats the feeling of returning to the pool at Keramas Park and watching our local swim instructors not only run the show but elevate the program to new heights as they integrate it into their community as only they can do, this is outright beautiful.In Keramas we have been so fortunate to find the greatest friends and team for Swimdo right here in the village. Upon arriving at my first day of lessons this year, I took particular notice to one of our gurus, Dede. I saw him making the kids laugh but also listen with ease and in doing so, teach very effectively and with so much gusto.2 years ago Dede didn’t know how to swim. Last year, Dede began helping with classes as he had been part of the first ever swimdo class, but even then he was still working on his own swimming abilities. This year, the guy is showing up to class an hour early to swim laps before ascending into his role as a Guru and leader when the students arrive.Dede is pouring life into Swimdo, he’s been a part of the program since the beginning and knowing it through and through, he’s doing his part to keep our Keramas-based school running better than ever. So well in fact, that our Free-Swim Fridays now have to be divided into alternating weeks for the two major villages as our number of graduates has continued to grow!All of us here at Swimdo are so excited for the future. We intend to open a new swim school every year in our efforts to bring aquatic-based education to all of Indonesia. We thank all of our donors for their continued support and we’re so stoked for 2018 to be our biggest year yet! Sampai Jumpa!Dylan Sohngen Director of PR and Development

Back to Bali and Borneo with a New School on the Way

The World Conference for Drowning Prevention (WCDP) is a conference held every two years. During this time, individuals and organizations from all over the world converge on one predetermined destination to network, share, and learn about the developments, challenges, and future of drowning prevention on a global scale. This year, the event was held in Vancouver, BC. Swimdo was lucky enough to be selected as a poster presenter at the event and had the opportunity to share our vision of drowning prevention in Indonesia with all of the attendees.

The team at the Bloomberg welcome reception in Vancouver, BC!

In 2015, Swimdo attended our first WCDP in Penang, Malaysia. The event preceded our pilot program in Bali and offered us a wealth of knowledge concerning the arena we were about to jump head first into. Coming back 2 years later to see and speak with some of the people we got to know 2 years ago as a young organization was a real pleasure and gave all of us a true sense of accomplishment and an eagerness to push this thing as far as it will go. Over the last 2 years, Swimdo has grown tremendously, we’ve quadrupled our number of employees, we now have a year round presence in Keramas, we have trained 3 awesome local instructors, we are endorsed by The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia, we opened up a new school in Kalimantan, Borneo, both Seamus and I became certified Austswim swim instructors, and on top of all that, we’re already close to hitting our biggest fundraising year to date. In short, these last 2 years have been an amazing experience for everyone involved and we are stoked to be getting back to Bali soon to open more schools, to teach more kids and to save more lives.

Our Co-founder Seamus, cheesing in front of our poster presentation.

This year is a big one for all of us at Swimdo. With our growth over the last two years, we have made some large steps towards our goal to prevent child drowning in all of Indonesia. We have also had the opportunity to expand our donor base through the several fundraisers we threw this season. We are so thankful to everyone that showed up and donated. Your support means the world to us. We know that there is a lot more work to do if we want to see the full potential of our budding organization but we are excited and determined to get the work done. We have made a commitment to ourselves and our donors that from now on, we will open at least one new swim school in a new area every year.  

Our Fundraiser In Petaluma. Thanks Lagunitas!

If you are someone that feels inspired by the work that we do and want to get involved, there are plenty of ways to do so. If you would like to make a donation, follow the link to our donation page. If you would like to volunteer with us either in The States or abroad, shoot us an email at info@swimdo.org.Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support. We appreciate you.-Neal and the Swimdo Team

The Kalimantan Project

Hey FriendsI just returned from a three week trip to Central Kalimantan teaching swimming and water safety to a small Muslim riverside community.  It was our first project where we would be teaching exclusively Muslim children.  America Is at a crossroads right now, and there is a lot of fear and finger pointing.  I have never traveled in a safer place, and I am here to tell you now that islamophobia is wrong. Three weeks ago if you asked me to describe to you what I imagine Kalimantan was like, I would have likely described a place with impossibly dense rainforest and ethnic people that are most well-known for the practice of removing and shrinking their enemies heads by sword. Research about the place yielded us very little information about what to expect upon arrival.  So we showed up to this foreign land with no idea about the challenges and surprises that would confront us.The Swimdo project was taking place in the village of Katimpun, but the team lived nearby in the city of Palangkaraya.  This is by far the nicest city that I have ever visited in Indonesia.  Prior to 1960 Palankaraya was a tiny river side village.  A boom in the palm oil industry turned this largely uninhabited region into a huge sprawling city within just a few years.  Aspirations fell greatly short for Palangkaraya and what was left behind was a small population with a huge infrastructure.  Everywhere you look are public parks, empty save for a few college students.  At night when you’re out for food you can walk right down the middle of the street and rarely have to move for a car or motor bike.  It was an incredibly refreshing feeling.  Bali is an unbelievably dense urban sprawl where you seemingly never have privacy or space.  Here you have all the space in the world even in the heart of the city.  When big business failed and left here, young opportunists came in.  This led to Palangkaraya having a hipster renaissance.  Everyone is young, there are tons of hip cafes and skateboarders ride the streets in hoards.  At times I had to remind myself I wasn’t in Brooklyn.The first day we arrived in Katimpun the whole team was a bit intimidated.  The river was chocolate brow, rumored to have crocodiles and the board walks were made for people 50 pounds lighter than me.  We were greeted by the most enthusiastic group of kids that we have seen yet.  Growing up in a river side fishing village in Kalimantan most children suffer from chronic boredom.  School hours are very inconsistent and students often show up to school to find that classrooms are locked and teachers are at home.  The villages are over the river, so there is no safe place for children to play and socialize and since these kids have no other options, many of them turn to drugs. Katimpun village is lucky to have an amazing non-profit organization called Ransel Buku, that is giving these children a real education and providing a safe place to grow and be a kid.  Our partnership with Ransel Buku made the transition to Kalimantan easy and seamless.  In Bali it took us months to gain the trust of locals to get enough students to fill our programs.  Here we were day one walking down the board walk with 60 kids chasing us screaming so excited to put their name on our Swimdo sign-up sheet.  We crossed our fingers and waded slowly and cautiously into the water.  Occasionally we stepped on an old abandoned fish trap.  Sometimes something would wriggle out underneath our footstep.  The kids ran in full speed and despite the sewage, rusty nails, dead fish, and everything else that made me immense discomfort, class was on!Every time I think or write or look at photos from this trip I get overwhelmed with emotions.  The things that I saw, the people I met and the activities that I participated in made this the most incredible trip of my life.  I am happy that I got to experience wild and beautiful Kalimantan.  I am also overwhelmed with sadness that if people continue to buy products and support unsustainable industries, that my children will see none of this beauty.  It is all too easy to not think about how your shopping habits at home can affect the lives of those living half way around the world.  The palm oil industry is the absolute worst.  The number of orangutans that have died horrific deaths in jungle clearing fires is staggering.  In 2015 Kalimantan lost half of its rain forests.  Vote with your dollar and be informed.  American companies will try to trick you into thinking their products don’t use palm oil and murder orangutans.  Brands you probably use, Old Spice, Burts bees, Nivea and just about every fast food restaurant all profit off the destruction of the rain forest.  Kalimantan is an incredible place with such friendly welcoming people.  We are on our own now no one will take care of our world except for us as individuals.  Vote with your dollar.  Protect Kalimantan.

Volunteering With Swimdo-Sharing the Stoke

This is a blog post written by one of our Volunteers, Dylan Sohngen.Sitting on the floor of the temple with a plumeria flower behind my ear and holy water in my hair, I hear something:“Spssppspsps…Sweemdo….sssssppppspspsps…Sweeemdo.”I look around and see one of our swim students smiling and waving at me, motioning her mom to do the same. This is my experience volunteering with Swimdo.Every morning at the Swimdo house we start our day with the signature power breakfast; fresh fruit from the market, chia seed oatmeal, and maybe some sweet coconut milk drizzled on top. It starts the day fresh and I reckon it gives my digestive system the upper hand on whatever trauma lies ahead (Balinese people like it spicy). Swim lessons start in the afternoon, so in the meantime I might catch a surf with the boys, play some backgammon, or read in the outdoor prayer tower overlooking the rice paddy fields. It’s epic, but this is the side of Bali that anyone can show up and find; good waves, relaxation and the natural beauty of Bali. It’s beautiful and mesmerizing, but my favorite part of the day happens in between. Whether it’s waiving back to our current or past Swimdo students every couple of meters in the Village or getting “gado gado” for lunch at Made’s Warung where Made already knows I struggle with the standard Bali-dose of chilis. After being a part of Swimdo over the past month and a half I feel like I’ve gone from being just another “bule”(foreigner) tourist to actually participating in the community.This feeling of making a difference, of responsible tourism, felt especially real when I sat in a temple filled with my new neighbors in their finery, overstuffed basket offerings, and rising incense smoke. Being welcomed into a community, and hearing “Swimdo” being talked about made me realize that this is bigger than just teaching swimming, this is a model of responsible voluntourism, of cultural exchange, of sharing the stoke. It’s incredibly rewarding to come to such a beautiful place that is more often than not violated by its visitors and feel that you are bringing and leaving behind something positive.Every day I use the Bahasa Indonesia that I’ve learned from Swimdo’s Indo veterans to work with dozens of kids in the water. Most of our students can’t swim at all in the beginning and many arrive at their first lesson terrified of the water. We do our thing, and a couple of lessons later, the students are feeling great, graduate our survival swimming course and walk away with a different relationship with the water. The kids have a great time and so do we, and it really goes a long way on both ends. I’ve been in Keramas village for just under two months, and every day is a little different.Yesterday, I sat on a cliff overlooking blue water and shallow reef and watched a several hundred pound dugong cruise through the shallows. The day before that, I paddled through a sea cave to surf the legendary Uluwatu left hand point break that I grew up watching in vintage Gerry Lopez surf movies. Tomorrow I’ll have 45 students at lessons, and I’ll see where the rest of the day takes me.Life is good in Bali. Life is good with Swimdo.

Survival Swimming Into The Holidays

Hey EverybodyFirsts thing first I want to wish every one of you reading this a happy holiday. Swimdo would not exist if not for the support we receive from all of you. Seriously, we are so grateful for everyone who is reading this around the world and supporting our dream of making Indonesia a safer place for children.

All Smiles

Last night we were hit by the biggest monsoon that I have seen in my five years here in Keramas. The rain was coming in sideways; trees were falling down and the road in front of our house turned into a river, half a meter deep. When a storm like this hits, you stop what you are doing and immediately find shelter; whether it’s a roadside warong (shop) or refuge in a friendly local’s house. You are stuck wherever you might happen to find yourself.  Even one second exposed and you are completely soaked.  If you are bold enough to try and ride your motor bike home, you are assaulted by rain drops that hit your skin like a million tiny daggers.   So last night the Swimdo team huddled into the room with the least leaky ceiling and sat for hours hungry, tired and defeated after hopelessly trying to divert the water from entering our rooms and soaking our clothing and beds.Jaen Idup Di Bali (Life is good in bali)In other news we are excited to announce the arrival of a new volunteer in the Swimdo house. Jon Reid is an avid waterman who works for the Queen at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, braving the frigid angry waters off the coast of England to save lives. He is not our fastest swimmer, but he is definitely the strongest swimmer we have ever had volunteer for Swimdo. In a hopeless situation with impossible water, this is the guy you want coming to save you. Jon was trained in England and France and brings a valuable perspective that complements our training from Australia and the USA.

New Volunteers Jon and Dylan

It has been two weeks since we first walked in SD 5 (elementary school) in Keramas to meet our first students coming directly from the Indonesian school system. After exchanging formalities with the headmaster we were led into a small classroom to meet the kids.  Walking into that classroom was a surreal experience, one that I have no doubt I will experience time and time again, but I will never forget that first time. The classroom is a simple, rows of wooden desks, a chalk board and a map of the world.  Other than the fact that it is about 100 degrees, it is not so different to the classroom where I was educated when I was ten years old. What is so noticeably different is that as I walk into the classroom with seats for thirty students, sixty children, aged 8-11 years old, sit still at desks or on the floor completely silent. I break the ice by putting my hands together in front of my heart and saying “Om swastyastu” (God be with you). Sixty children all at once burst out in response “OM SWASTYASTU!”We see the same enthusiasm for our swimming lessons.  Perhaps our biggest problem has been that our two o’clock class will show up an hour early, and not leave until six. Our 4 o’clock class will show up at two. I like to think of this as one of those good problems.Yesterday I had a class of nine-year-old girls who were very new to swimming and spoke no English.  Our Bahasa Indonesia Is improving very fast, but teaching young novices who can barely touch the bottom of the pool in a language that we speak poorly is a challenge.  Our advanced students Gita, Dian, Indah and Ayu, after finishing their lesson, stepped in and took over.  They brought so much enthusiasm to teaching and were so proud to share the skills they had recently acquired.We have always wanted our students to one day become teachers.  One year since our first lesson, students who started as dry heads are now able to teach.  This is the future of Swimdo!

Gita demonstrating how to breath

This is great because we have been overwhelmed by the work load.  Currently we are in the process of becoming a registered non-profit in both Indonesia and the USA. This means weekly meetings with lawyers and tons of paper work. The good news is that we should be completely legitimate in both countries by February. The bad news is that the Indonesian legal process has sent us on a wild goose chase hunting down everything from past electricity bills to the decade old receipt from the land purchase of our headquarters.  To make things even more confusing our lawyer here speaks no English.Every week we have meetings with community leaders from all around Keramas. We have hired four local staff and have been communicating with future volunteers from all around the world. Even tasks that we take for granted such as responsibly disposing of our garbage has proven to be a challenge. We have to physically drive all of our waste into the village and look for the rubbish truck, which could be in about ten different place, or perhaps be nowhere at all in which case we bring our garbage back home to try again another day. I’m just happy that Keramas has a rubbish truck.  Last year this did not exist.  There is hope for our oceans.Swimdo Kalimantan

Ransel Buku

Perhaps the most exciting use of our time has been arranging for Swimdo to open up a new facility this February. We have partnered up with an amazing local run non-profit in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Ransel Buku is a library and community center in a small fishing village of eight hundred people near the city of Palangkaraya.  Katimpun is a village built on stilts over the river. The village has no plumbing, no wifi, no cell reception and no cappuccinos.What this village does have is about one hundred children who go to sleep every night with a river running about a meter underneath their pillows.  Most children here learn how to swim, but drowning is still common.  In a recent conversation I had with Aini, the founder of Ransel Buku, she explained to me the many challenges she has faced opening the library. One story that stuck with me in particular was how earlier in the year most of the books in the library were destroyed by a flood. The river rose about two meters and everything was lost. The library has been built on higher stilts than any other building in the village, this means the water that crept up the book shelves reached even higher levels in the villager’s homes.  What shocked me most was unlike the monsoon flood I described at the beginning of this post, this particular flood lasted for a month! One whole month of water coming thru the floorboards! One month where the only way to get in our out of the village was by boat! One month where it was dangerous to leave your house to visit your neighbor! One month where if you were thirsty or hungry or sick you have to swim or hire a boat!This absolutely blew my mind and I knew that Swimdo had to pay a visit to this community.  Aini is a truly remarkable human being who has worked so hard throughout her life so that she can give back to her native island of Kalimantan. She plans to open five more libraries in five other small river side villages. She is a great friend and Swimdo plans to support her with her future projects. She is having a fundraiser right now you can visit it here. Ransel BukuThe Christmas gift that we are giving to all of you is graduating our first class of students from SD 5. In the last two weeks we have hammered our students with survival swimming instruction.  They have progressed incredibly, laughing and screaming the whole way.  Our last day of class we teach exclusively water rescue techniques to the kids catered specifically to their swimming ability.  Every two weeks we will be sending fifty kids back into the village who know how to swim, and have been trained in rescue techniques.

Top of his Class!

It will be sad to say farewell to these kids but Keramas has seven elementary schools and we have kids lining up for swim instruction faster than we can write their name down. ThanksHappy HolidaysSelamat Tahun Baru! (Happy new year) -Seamus

Keepin’ That Bali Rollin’

Hey everybody, happy almost holidays. We’re midway through our second week of instruction on site in Keramas, Bali. Through our local contacts, we have managed to fill our classes to capacity! We are now teaching 50 kids every single day. Our students range in age from 5 to 17-prime at-risk ages.For our youngest students we are focusing on very basic water familiarization and safe entering and exiting strategies. For our older students we are continuing to work towards complete aquatic independence. Incorporating The Royal Life Saving Society’s curriculum has been a huge success and has enabled our students to progress rapidly. We are all very excited with their progress over just a couple lessons. Additionally, we’ve all learned some fun new games that help make class more fun for the students and instructors alike.In other news, we’re happy to report that our newest member of the team, Dylan Sohngen, is assimilating nicely and all of our students have taken to him very well. Most importantly, he is stoked to be helping out and his Bahasa is coming along. Over the next few weeks we’ll be having 2-3 more volunteers moving into the house to help out with day-to-day operations and swim instruction. The more students we have, the more instructors we need, so if you’re interested in volunteering, send an email to our volunteer coordinator Seamus.In order to keep all of our volunteers busy during off hours, we have begun to plan various activities. Hiking to nearby waterfalls, snorkeling in Padang Bai, Surfing at Kommune, checking out some of Bali’s beautiful white sand beaches, white water rafting the Ayung River, trips to Ubud and Conggu and the list goes on. It takes a lot to teach in and out of the water and we want all of our volunteers to know how important they are to our efforts here.swimdo, nonprofit, in bali indonesia teaching children how to swimIn other news, we recently received a hefty donation from The Kimelman Family Foundation for us to continue working to prevent child drowning. So a big thanks goes out to the Kimelman Family for their generosity. As many of you know, not a single one of us takes any wages from Swimdo so that our program has the largest impact it can possibly have. That means every donation that we receive goes directly towards our mission!In other news, we’re excited to have the awesome people at Mpowerd helping us to “shed light on child drowning in Indonesia.” They have generously donated a bunch of Luci Inflatable Solar Lights to help light our way around the house and when we explore marginalized communities in the future. So we’re really happy about that, and if you haven’t checked these babies out, they’re really great, water proof, powered by the sun, and we use them all the time. Check it out!So that’s it for me today, hope you’re doing well back States side or wherever you may be. From all of us at Swimdo, thank you for your continued support, we couldn’t do what we do without you.Sampai jumpa. -Neal

Back to Bali

There’s always a mix of emotions when leaving the country you call home. The transit time, the planned meals, the meat or fish, the eye masks and the airplane blankets. It’s meditative in a way, a surrender to the elements, maybe more aptly, the turbulence. But there’s an undeniable peace at 30 thousand feet, something magical about being in between places.Arriving in Bali was familiar, but with that familiarity came a new feeling, one of return. The first Bahasa words came out, tripping over themselves and falling into the ears of the taxi drivers that waited beyond baggage claim to scoop up tourists and take them to their hotels. I was here. Again.The members of our team that had arrived earlier in the week picked me up at the airport and we made our way back to Keramas. I felt myself searching for the familiar landmarks, seeing what had changed, feeling, with every kilometer, more and more that this was my home, or rather, that I belonged to it.We set up shop at our friend’s guesthouse, a small compound of three rooms, an outdoor kitchen and garden. This is where we will stay till we fly to Perth for training with The Royal Life Saving Society of Australia (RLSS). As many of you know, we have partnered up with  RLSS in order to streamline our survival swimming curriculum and to adapt their water safety programs to suit our needs here in Bali. We are very excited about the potential of this partnership and are so grateful to our hosts for giving us the opportunity to train with them.In other news, we have located a house which will operate as the home base of our operation over the next several months. It is in the heart of Keramas and will enable all of us, volunteers included, to be close to the pool where we will be teaching and the community that we hope to serve.Additionally, we are very happy to announce that we have a new team member that will be joining us this trip, our very own Dylan Sohngen. Dylan is a Los Angeles Life Guard and worked with me over the summer as a surf instructor in Santa Monica. Dylan is also a huge bug enthusiast so he’s pretty excited for our research trip to Kalimantan where he is sure to find some pretty gnarly insects.I also would like to take a moment to thank all of the incredible people that have made this, our second phase of implementation, possible. A huge shout out goes to The Children’s Fund of New York for their continued support of our program, they have been an incredible force pushing our entire organization forward and we would not be in the position we are today without their help and encouragement. Another huge thank you goes to all of the people that came to our Video Release Party in NYC. It was so fantastic to get to see all of the people that believe in our mission and to share the short film that we worked so hard to make during our last trip. And while we’re talking about it, another gigantic thank you to our film crew, 2:48 Productions, for the hundreds of hours they have spent both filming and editing to make that video what it is. Absolutely amazing. Haven’t seen it yet?Here’s a link: https://vimeo.com/170401438Looking into the future, we will spend the next few weeks recruiting students for our survival swimming, water safety and CPR courses. With the help of our local coordinators, we will begin surveying communities in the area regarding drowning events and their interest in our newest program, day cares in high-risk communities. Additionally, we are teaming up with a local organization called No More Plastic Bags in an effort to decrease the amount of plastic garbage that washes into the sea. In this effort, our team, along with our volunteers and students, will be doing weekly beach cleanups. Wahoo!So, everything on this side of the world is looking good, we’re excited to get going and teach some children. Again, thank you so much to our supporters, our friends, and family, without you guys, none of this would be possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you.Sampai jumpa.-Neal

Big Things Are Happening!

Hey everybody!You notice our website got a facelift? Well, not a facelift so much as, an overhaul. And if I may say so myself, it’s looking real nice.Over the last few months our team has been working to revamp our website, finish our brand new video, and prep for our next trip to Bali in November.We’re also excited to announce that we now have volunteer opportunities for people that are interested in coming out to Bali and helping us prevent child drwoning! We have opportunities ranging from 1 week to 1 month, so if you’re interested, please email Seamus at seamus@swimdo.org.We’re also really excited to announce that we have partnered up with The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) of Australia for our next phase of implementation. That means we will be training in Perth and integrating programs from RLSS in Bali! How sweet is that? We’ll also be translating a ton of material from RLSS into Bahasa Indonesia so all of our students can learn in their native language!What else is going on? Well, on October 27th we’re having a video release party in NYC! And guess what, you’re invited! We’ve been so lucky to get sponsored by The Centre For Social Innovation! They’ve agreed to sponsor our little shindig and guess what, so has Lagunitas Brewing Company, so we have a beautiful space and delicious beers to drink in it. What more do you need? How about a bunch of socially minded people that care about the world and want to hang out, learn about our programs, and network in an incredible space?! Well, we got all that too!Swimdo 2016 Video Release PartyHere at Swimdo, we’re very excited about our next phase of implementation. We’re creating programs that we believe we can scale throughout Indonesia over the next several years. We see a future where Indonesian people are teaching Indonesian people. We see a future where child drowning is a thing of the past. Help us make our dreams a reality! Help us make this world a safer place for the children in it. Volunteer with us! Donate today!