Drowning is silent, warns swim coach behind awareness initiative

Swim coach Danny Ong challenges each new participant at his swimming confidence class to take a deep breath and, at the same time, try to shout for help. Usually, not a single sound can be heard.

He tells each batch of swimmers that drowning is silent, unlike how it is portrayed in the movies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 01, 2021, with the headline 'Drowning is silent, warns swim coach behind awareness initiative'. Subscribe