"Greek Beware" of Drowning

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The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of its mission to enhance the public health by preventing water accidents, created the video “Greek Beware” (aka "Έλληνα Προφυλάξου"). In the video star, the two times world honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Dr. Stathis Avramidis, the International Swimming Hall of Fame's CEO, Bruce Wigo, and Efstathios Papadopoulos who is pretending to be a 10-year old boy that drowned in a remote beach, because he swam too far having eaten food and without knowing swimming.

Dr. Stathis Avramidis, advices "swim parallel to the beach 3 hours after your last meal".


Bruce Wigo, advices "Greek beware; learn sport lifesaving".



Directed by Avramidis and edited by Stamatis Tripodis, this video aims to pass the message of how important is to learn sport lifesaving as means for water accident prevention.

Contributing Organisations

The video is under the auspices of the organizations: The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, among other duties, aims to preserve the public health by implementing programs for aquatic accident prevention and safety promotion. It participates in numerous projects and activities (e.g., documentaries, public statement announcements, research, conferences, and educational programs).

The Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity, is a not-for-profit organisation, recognized by the General Secretariat of Sports, to operate officially, among others, sport lifesaving.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. We will accomplish this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life saving activities and education, throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame’s experience and programs.

The Union of Extraordinarily Distinguished Greek Athletes, aims to honor and preserve the rights of Greek athletes with extraordinary achievements during their sporting carrier.

The International Awards Giuseppe Sciacca is an non-for-profit organisation that honors each year some of the most extinguished personalities of the world in all disciplines of sport, culture, science, innovation and arts. A luxurious awarding ceremony is taking annual place at the Vatican City.

The Fondazione Guiseppe Sciacca, is the foundation whose aim is to organize various projects around the world, that correspond with the values and meet the objectives of the International Awards of the same organisation.

Public Statement Announcement


Charalampos Papanikolaou, a member of the Union of Extraordinarily Distinguished Greek Athletes, commented: "This is a wonderful video that will hopefully enhance water safety in Greece."

Dr. Vicky Bafataki, General Secretariat of the International Awards Giuseppe Sciacca, said: "We are delighted to endorse this educational public statement announcement, whose aim corresponds with the values of our organisation."


Hellenic Centre for Disease Control & Prevention http://www.keelpno.gr.

Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activity http://www.sportlifesaving.blogspot.com.

International Swimming Hall of Fame http://www.ishof.org/safety/.

Union of Extraordinarily Distinguished Greek Athletes

International Awards Giuseppe Sciacca http://premiosciacca.it/

Fondazione Guiseppe Sciacca http://www.fondazionegiuseppesciacca.org/