A RESORT in the Mamanuca is doing its bit to address the growing number of drowning incidents involving children.
Mana Island Resort has been actively participating in the promotion of providing young children an opportunity to improve their swimming skills.
For the past four years, the resort has been hosting international swimmers during the Mana Island Ocean Swim Festival.
The event brought out more than 25-local swimmers from Nadi and Suva to the island to take part in ocean swimming events organised by the resort.
Resort sales and events manager Abdul Kalam said addressing the drowning incidents involving children was one of the reasons behind the festival.
"Our objective is really to develop our young swimmers and to encourage our young people to take up swimming, if not professionally then just a skill to have because it is such an important tool especially when we live so close to the sea," Mr Kalam said.
Tritons Swimming Club coach Eugene Panuve said it was a good learning experience. "Some of our swimmers have never swam in open waters before, they've always competed in the pool so by bringing them out here and exposing them to the elements that usually is associated with the ocean, we wanted to see how they performed in those sort of situations," he said.