Senegalese Swimming In The Surf

Senegalese Swimming In The Surf

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 28th Traversée Dakar-Gorée is the signature event of the open water swimming season in Sénégal, annually held at the end of September. 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., , we find it useful and interesting that national federations like in Sénégal combine their swimming and surf lifesaving missions and organizations. From an open water swimming perspective, it makes perfect sense.

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.”

The 28th edition of the Traversée Dakar-Gorée also paid tribute to the late Safiétou Diatta, a Senegalese Olympic athlete who recently passed away in a traffic accident.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association