Davao City Swimming pool with kid swimming

Swimming – Not the #1 Pastime

Yes, strange as it may seem considering the topography of the Philippines, but most people here can not swim.

Boy swimming

Local paper reports

Every year, thousands of Filipinos die by drowning, and, as investigations would reveal, many of those victims didn’t know how to swim.

In last year’s Holy Week alone, for instance, dozens of fatalities in various tourist spots were reported — from waterfalls and creeks to swimming pools and beach resorts.

 Surely, there were other factors at play: lack of supervision (particularly for young children), inadequate equipment, among others. But there remains the question of how many deaths could have been prevented had the victims possessed some swimming ability. Beyond the circumstantial evidence from these fatalities, studies reveal that swimming ability is really low in the Philippines — even in coastal communities, where more boys can swim than girls.

While there’s a lot of interest in pools and beaches, most people are more keen to wade in the water (tampisaw) than to actually swim (langoy). As many commentators have pointed out, this is very ironic for an archipelago of over 7,000 islands.

Swimming pools

There are a lot of swimming pools that are available to the public in subdivisions and hotels. The cheaper places are about 100 Peso for most of the day.

 Some of the other pools in the hotels can be a bit more expensive but also come with some food or drinks package.

Swimming pool in Davao

Forrest Hills is a good-sized Swimming pool

There are also quite a few inland resorts that the activities centre around the pool and of course there is the coastline itself.

It’s important to be very aware of the UV Index.

Maybe the sea bordering Davao City may not be the best or cleanest option for swimming. The nearby Island of Samal had some excellent beaches, and many of them are only a few Peso for the entrance fee.

 All the pools in Davao (and Samal resorts) will be no deeper than 4 feet or 1.2 Meters.

If swimming is something you enjoy them many of the mid to high range Subdivisions have a swimming pool (generally for a fee) on site

However, swimming in the Davao River or the mouth of the river is not recommended. Read report HERE

Warning! There are very few pools that offer shade – the UV can be off the scale in Davao City from 11 am to 3 pm. Most people swim laps in the early morning or after 4 pm. If you want to swim during the main part of the day, you should be wearing a Rash or Sunguard clothing and waterproof sunscreen.

If swimming in the sea a rashguard will also protect you from stinging organisms. PLEASE do not wear suncream in the sea unless its certified “Coral Safe” to avoid adding to the destruction of the Philippines reef system

Most pools will not allow cotton clothing. Rash guards are easily found and are cheap to buy in the Malls.

Cotton clothes are not allowed in swimming pools because they can hold bacteria, detergents, and germs. When released into the water, people who are swimming can become sick. These bacteria and detergents can also affect water clarity and chemistry.

Unlike other materials, cotton absorbs more water when immersed in water. It also increases your risk of drowning, especially if you are learning how to swim.

Business Opportunity

If you are casting around for part-time business opportunity then teaching swimming and or life-saving skills would be worth looking at

 Get an internationally recognised teaching and certification qualification first and team up with a local here in Davao City. You could have a small society helpful business at the weekend and school holidays.

You could also partner with hotels or resorts to offer your services.

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