Splash Foundation

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The Splash Foundation is an organization in Hong Kong co-founded by Simon Holliday and Libby Alexander that conducts swim and water safety courses for under-served communities who may not have the access or means for swim lessons. The Foundation provides an opportunity to learn an important life skill which develops confidence, improves wellbeing and allows people to flourish both in and out of the water by bringing together experienced coaches in a supportive group setting.

Splash is a swim school for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong that offers swim and water safety courses in a supportive group setting,


Simon Holliday has a professional background in Learning and Development, with a focus on resilience and well-being. Learning to swim in his mid-twenties, Holliday competed in triathlons, but wanted to swim longer distances. In 2008, he swam across the Solent in southern England, and three years later the English Channel. In 2014, Holliday became the second person to swim just under 35 km from Hong Kong to Macau in 10 hours 20 minutes across the Pearl River Delta, breaking the previous record by 15 minutes on 24 May 2014. He completed a crossing of the English Channel on 12 August 2011 in 15 hours 2 minutes. He has done numerous other open water swim throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom including a circumnavigation swim around Hong Kong Island in 2017 that broke the previous record set in 1976 by 35 minutes. Holliday was the protagonist of the 19-minute documentary film called The Clean Cross and works as the Senior Learning & Development Manager at Norton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm located in Hong Kong. He is studying a Masters in psychology and has an interest in human motivation and resilience.

Splash Values

  • Optimistic: We believe attitude is more important than ability. Positive mindsets find ways to succeed and flourish.
  • Active: We think an active lifestyle and healthy bodies lead to healthy thought patterns and constructive goals.
  • Safe: We create an environment where everyone feels safe, always.
  • Inclusive: We welcome everyone into the Splash community with kindness and respect.
  • Simple: We ensure everything we do is transparent and easy to understand.

Splash Strategic Plan

By 2020, Splash will provide 5,000 people with the opportunity to learn how to swim and be water safe.

Splash Coaches

Splash Foundation Video



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