The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak is offering free swimming training courses to over 300 disadvantaged children in a bid to reduce cases of water-related deaths and injuries.

It is a pilot project under a provincial scheme on child injury prevention for the 2014-2015, said head of the child protection office under the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Tu Thi Khanh.

Besides swimming and first aid skills, the children are also advised on possible dangers and measures to avoid them.

Since 2010, Dak Lak has recorded 60 drowning deaths, 20 of which were seen in the first six months of this year./.