Monday, September 28, 2020

Bahrain’s First Internationally Recognized Open Water Lifeguards Course Concluded

Royal Life Saving Bahrain concluded the first internationally recognized Beach Lifeguard Course at Marassi Al Bahrain Beach.

The 5-day training (5 to 9 November 2017) was attended by professional lifeguards and water sports instructors from Marassi Al Bahrain, Ritz Carlton and Seeb Marine Watersports. 

“One of the main issues we aim to tackle in the Water Safety Strategy is the lack of lifeguard services or any other safety measures at public beaches across Bahrain,” said Sam Rahman, Safety Services Executive at Royal Life Saving Bahrain. “By providing internationally recognized certified training courses, we are helping lifeguards acquire the necessary techniques and skills required to manage the safety of beaches and become licensed professional beach lifeguards. Doing so will not only reduce the risk of people drowning, but also create jobs and volunteering opportunities for the young Bahrainis.”

The participants learned how to manage beaches safely, including training in first aid, open water rescue techniques, fitness, and identifying safe swimming areas.

Sam explained “While swimming pools are generally controlled environments, lifeguarding in open water requires adapting to constantly changing weather and water conditions. Beach lifeguards must know how to manage these environments, and utilise skills to rescue people in – sometimes – difficult conditions, where visibility is significantly less than clear. All lifeguards need to be fit and skilled swimmers to take on the challenge of this important role.”

At the completion of the course, all successful participants received a Beach Lifeguard Certificate valid for 1 year; after which they will be required to attend an update course to renew their certification enabling them to continue working as lifeguards in Bahrain.

Starting next year, Royal Life Saving Bahrain will be introducing its open water learning experience, a fun programme for children that will be held at several beaches across Bahrain to give them the opportunity to learn personal safety and survival skills. For early registration and more information, please contact email RLSB (info@rlsbahrain.org) or call (36615661).

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