SA snorkelling project has scooped up an international sports award

SA snorkelling project has scooped up an international sports award

IAMWATER, a Cape Town marine project, has bagged an international sports award during a ceremony in New York. The project helps to promote the conservation of the ocean by taking kids snorkelling.

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Snorkelling is a super fun activity that is being used to teach children about the value and importance of conserving the ocean.

The Cape Town marine project, IAMWATER, takes kids from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha to take part in this fun activity while they learn through the project's workshops.

This has earned the project the award in the Sport for Climate Action Collective Impact, reports TimesLIVE.

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The awards ceremony was hosted by Beyond Sport in New York, the USA on Thursday, 12 September.

Chief executive of IAMWATER, Hanli Prinsloo, said their workshops spark a connection as well as love for the ocean and all its creatures.

The project takes learners on a 2-day Ocean Guardians snorkelling workshop, gathered.

Most of the grade 7 kids who take part have never learnt to swim or visited the sea.

Prinsloo said: "We are passionate about working with underprivileged coastal communities where, despite living [within] walking distance to the shoreline, you often find young people who have never seen the world just beneath the waves."

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1 700 kids have completed their snorkelling workshops between April and September.

The cool project with valuable lessons to teach has been around since 2010.

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