Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Glenn McPhee, met with Mr. Andy and Mrs. Nancy Knowles from Let’s Swim Bahamas to discuss matters of mutual interests on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Coral Harbour Base.

Recognizing the large number of Bahamian citizens who are unable to swim and the need to equip them with this valuable skill, the programme was established with the aim of teaching every Bahamian how to swim. In putting this aim in perspective, they saw the value in teaching the skill from young and began implementing it into primary schools in the country. They have now established programmes at more than 10 private and public primary schools across New Providence.

Over the last few years, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has collaborated with the non-profit, by providing additional swim coaches and other assistance wherever possible to the programme. Together, by assisting the students in learning how to swim, the initiative continues to make huge progress with the children involved and by extension a huge impact on the country.

During the meeting, the parties discussed possible ways to work together as the programme continues to expand.

At the end on the visit, the Knowles’ expressed how appreciative they were of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s involvement and commitment to the programme, especially when considering their many other duties and responsibilities they are entrusted with.

Captain Mcphee reassured his guests that Let’s Swim Bahamas will continue to have the support of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as it in alignment with Commander Defence Force’s vision for building and strengthening community relations.

Also in attendance was Commander Administration, Commander Judy McDonald, Force Chief Petty Officer Thomas Williams, and Swim Coaches for the programme, Leading Woman Marine Jamie Cleare and Woman Marine Jessica Williams.  

This is just another example of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King’s vision to show the Defence Force’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen and also to the development of the nation’s youth. Through a range of extensive community initiatives and projects, these endeavors aim to strengthen community relations, positively impact individuals, and contribute to the development of thriving communities.

(RBDF Photos by Public Relations Section)

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