For a week in September I travelled to Saudi Arabia on behalf of Surf Life Saving Australia to assist the Saudi Arabian Swimming Federation develop a water safety strategic plan across all aquatic environments.
It’s a ‘green fields’ opportunity for water safety with next to no current water safety systems in place. I hope that the strategic direction I’ve developed for them will help build a solid foundation for the organisation’s future and ultimately save many lives.
It was an amazing experience, the country was much different to what I had prepared myself for (thanks to western media and out-dated myths) and the people were amazing.
As a country they are becoming open-minded about change and I learnt as much about their culture and religion as I passed on in water safety knowledge.
There’s a lot of opportunity in Saudi Arabia, who knows, one day we might even teach OceanFit programs over there! Watch this space…
Here’s a small selection of photos from my trip: