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Lifeguard Service Promotes Water Safety

Lifeguard Service Promotes Water Safety
This week Fiji Surf Co, South Sea Cruises and Captain Cook up-skilled their staff with a basic lifeguard course in Nadi. Photo: FIJI SURF Co.
March 16
14:01 2018

Fijian Lifeguard Service, an arm of Fiji Surf, is conducting es­sential lifeguard courses in local communities, and villag­ers in the west.

This includes resorts, and watersports/cruise companies that require the essential course.

Ian Muller, the owner of the Fiji Surf Shop since 1995 said, “Lifeguarding will not only upskill and empower personnel but also provide jobs and a sense of purpose to save lives not only at work but at home, village or on our water fronts.”

“Our long term goal is to have Government include into the Oc­cupational Health and Safety (OHS) all resorts and water based operations – lifeguarding, now that training is available locally,” he said.

Last week, Fiji Surf Co, South Sea Cruises and Captain Cook Cruises up-skilled their staff with a basic lifeguard course in Nadi. Mr Muller said, “Some of the areas covered included: the latest techniques in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), rescue tube/board, usage of defibrillators, water rescues and under­standing the high risk areas in the various venues to tailor the course to be applicable to where the resort or operation is in.”

He added the course assisted participants understand locations of danger that have happened and now can finding solutions in moving forward.

“Fiji having tourism as our main foreign exchange earner con­tributing the largest portion to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it’s impera­tive that we set water safety and lifeguarding as top priority.

“We welcome visitors to our shores and know that there is no lifeguard to look after their safety while they are here, putting the cart before the horse sort of speak.

“If we have Fijian lifeguards, we will not only protect the safety of our visitors, but also our people in bringing down the drowning number.

“Another dvantage is giving Fiji a point of difference to other countries that don’t have lifeguards – we are always looking for ways to attract tourist to our shores – this will be a big marketing edge.”

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