Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 29th Traversée Dakar-Gorée is the signature event of the open water swimming season in Sénégal to be held on September 25th. Over 500 Senegalese swimmers, expatriates and foreigners participated in this year’ 4.5 km and 5.2 km races at Voile d’Or. The events are organized by the Fédération Sénégalaise de Natation et de Sauvetage (Senegalese Federation of Swimming and Rescue).

Like a number of other national swimming federations (e.g., La Fédération d’Haïti, l’Association de Natation Haïtienne et de Sauvetage), we find it useful and interesting that these national federations combine their swimming and surf lifesaving missions and organizations. From an open water swimming perspective, it makes perfect sense,” said Steven Munatones.

Moustapha Niasse, President of the National Assembly, encourages swimming as a means of drowning prevention. “The authorities must know that swimming is the primary means of prevention against drowning. Worldwide, every 15 minutes someone drowns. These are staggering figures. It is a public health problem.”

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