Ho Tram Water Safety is organising its Annual Charity Bike Ride & Beach Carnival this year from 5.30am Saturday, 3 October to 2pm, Sunday, 4 October 2015. 2015.

For registration details, click here.

Below are details and links from Ho Tram Water Safety.


Ho Tram Water Safety is a consortium of people and organisations, horrified at the high incidence of drowning of children in Vietnam, and committed to improving the level of water safety in the Ho Tram region.

You can find an update of what we do here.

Our annual charity event, this year consists of

  • a Saturday bike ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Ho Tram
  • an interschool swim meet (city vs village), and
  • a Sunday Beach Carnival.


1. Bike ride – 3 routes, 80km, 110km and 200km.

The short 80km ride will be from Long Thanh to Ho Tram, with bus transport from HCMC to Long Thanh, suited to fit though irregular bike riders.  The longer 110 km ride is from HCMC, via the Cat Lai ferry, down the highway for a short stint, and then turn left via Ngai Giao, suited for fit regular riders. The extra long 200 km ride is from HCMC, to Ho Tram, will be led by Cosimo Jencks, suited for fit experienced riders.




2. School swim meet – provisionally a swim meet between AIS, ISHCMC, and the Ho Tram swimming team! We’ve done 2 before and should be a great day out. Further details will be via the schools, but suggest you register here, and book your accommodation early!

3. Beach carnival & ocean swim – further details to be forthcoming. Anticipate a large beach tent with a BBQ and beverages, plus beach activities including a 500m ocean swim, a demonstration rescue by local and Australian life guards, and beach activities.

4. The week before, Water Safety Vietnam will be in attendance to continue their support for our
swimming training activities for kids.
5. The week after, Manly Surf Life Saving will be in attendance to continue the training of beach life guards
for both resort and public beach life guards.
 6. Bike rental, purchase and bike maintenance support from The Bike Shop.  

8. Registered riders and swimmers, will be sent an information pack including recommendations to raise sponsorships. Target sponsorship is $300 per rider/swimmer, however more is always welcome.

Other contributors welcome, please email hotramwatersafety@gmail.com.

This year we will offer the following prizes;

  1. Best and fairest rider – as judged by SVCC – a 2 hour boat ride on the Saigon River, with drinks and pizza from Al Fresco.
  2. Best and fairest swimmer – as judged by MLSC – a banana boat ride at Ho Tram.
  3. The largest sponsorship raising – target 3k -a weekend at Sanctuary in a villa for 8 people.
  4. The second largest sponsorship raising – target 2k – a FatBike from The Bike Shop.
  5. The third largest sponsorship raising – target 2k – a dinner for four at Lubu, with wine from the Warehouse.
  6. Other prizes to be announced.

So please support our activities, and this very special weekend for 2015.

Email me at hotramwatersafety@gmail.com if you would like to help, especially with support cars  … we need enough to have backup.

For registration details, click here.

Carl Gay
Ho Tram Water Safety Consortium


  • Indochine Engineering (of which Carl Gay is CEO), Water Safety Vietnam, AIS and ISHCMC are all 2015 members of AusCham.

The following list of recent drownings, as reported in Thanh Nien News, has been compiled by AusCham (and was first published on the AusCham website here).

Recent drownings of children reported in Thanh Nien News: May-July 2015