Classes were designed to apply new considertions under ‘decreto 116/2018’ dealing with emergencies on Canarian beaches and bathing zones
PFAE is a scheme in alternative training with employment, and has been working with the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme and the Arona lifesaving programme. Participants received specialist training to deal with emergencies under the guidance of Néstor Padrón, subdirector of the regional government civil protection and emergency department.
The students were given instruction in protecting the public and coordinating services in emergency situations on beaches and other public bathing spots in the Canarias.
Padrón emphasised to the course the importance of the lifeguard, a person who must be properly and professionally trained and qualified to work in the open sea. The students working under the ‘Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro’ programme are being given all the tools and training necessary to achieve the proper qualification and certification when they have completed the programme.
Under new regulations dealing with beaches and bathing areas the different risk criteria need to be taken into consideration, such as grades of danger, whether bathing is permitted, etc. The teams also take into consideration factors such as prevention of risk situations by the civil and emergencies bodies.
These measures, (Decreto 116/2018) have been adopted in line with the coastal legislation and in particular those relating the safety of persons and maintaining safe bathing spaces as public zones
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During November lifeguards from Adeje’s beaches have been improving their skills during a training course given by expert in water sports and life saving, José Palacios Aguilas, from the University of Coroña. The course has been co-hosted by the Adeje departments of beachs, tourism and security.
According to the councillors for beaches, Andrés Pérez Ramos, “with this course we are property coordinating the lifeguard services of the borough and the companies who have concessions on various beaches with blue flags in line with assuring coastal safety. It’s important to carry out these courses – European regulations change over time and we need to be fully up to date and prepared for every situation – it’s a fundamental requirement”.
Among the course objectives were the criteria essential for Blue Flag quality on beaches, basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and water rescue as well as underlining the importance of a professional attitude.
José Palacios Aguilar is also vice president of the association responsible for Blue Flags in Spain, the ADEAC-FEE, a member of the national jury and Blue Flag beach and marina inspector. He said he was impressed at the high course take up among those involved in beach safety in Adeje and the desire to meet all the new European norms. The course participants also said they found this kind of renewal training “positive”, and helped them refresh their knowledge of the basics of rescue and prevention. They worked with new material which helped them improve the service they offer to the public who spend time on the beach.
Pérez Ramos emphasised it was important to continue along these lines to perfect the service, “as we understand that investment in training is the way to ensure greater security for those who live and visit our borough. We are aware that working in the field of prevention is vital but we also need to make sure our trained personnel are prepared to take the required action in an emergency”.
Those beaches with Blue Flags in Adeje are fitted with defibrillators, amphibious wheelchairs, assistance points and life-guard cover.