Specialised safety training

 

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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Costa Adeje’s blue…

 

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Adeje is one of the leaders in the Canary Islands in the blue flag league

The five Adeje blue flag beaches have retained the right to fly their blue flags: Troya I and II, Fañabe, el Duque and Torviscas. This is the third year in a row that the five can fly the flags, are a mark of beach quality, safety, and security awarded by the Association for Environmental Education and Consumers (AEAC) and the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).

The results of this year’s blue flag destinations were published yesterday by the international non-governmental organisation that investigates the state of beaches and marinas all over the world annually to assess the quality of installations, the water, safety, etc. Spain will fly 600 blue flags this year, 45 of them in the Canary Islands, 15 in Tenerife. Along with Adeje, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Tías are the other two boroughs with five beaches winning the right to hoist the flag.

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“This is very satisfying, not just because winning this distinction guarantees the quality of our beaches to the millions that visit annually to enjoy their holidays, but also as it reflects the extensive work that is done all year around on the part of our borough teams who work to care for our beaches as well as the residents who also look after their environment and beaches”, said Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

The mayor added that he was confident that “bit by bit the rest of our coast would be also be given the right to fly these flags because this would reflect the reality that the good work done along these five beaches is also being extended to all of the other beaches in the borough where quality and excellence go hand in hand”.

To obtain a flag the beaches must pass a series of technical inspections undertaken by independent specialists who test a number of aspects such as quality of bathing water, environmental information available to the public, integrated development of the facility, security measures in place for bathers, accessibility, etc.

Adeje is a borough that is linked to quality. One example of this is that the Troya I and II beaches have received 19 blue flags over the years, and are an integral part of the borough’s tourist identity.

Regarding beach services the mayor said “the management of the services is suitable to the beaches in question and is controlled by a company who have created jobs as well as meeting all the quality requirements which are laid down by the council”.

The Blue Flag campaign is recognised in almost 50 countries in four continents, including most of the countries of the EU.

Saving lives in Costa Adeje

 

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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”.

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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.

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Adeje is the borough with the most Blue Flags in the province

Adeje can now boast four Blue Flag beaches, a reflection of the quality of the beaches, the water and the services. It is the borough with the most Blue Flags in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and along with Tías and San Bartolomé de Tirajana, each with four, is in the top group of the Canary Island zone. Altogether the region now flys 41 Blue Flags.

The beaches awarded the right to display this internationally recognised symbol of quality are Troya I-II, El Duque, Fañabé and Torviscas. It is a clear signal that Adeje is continuing to value and invest in quality for its tourism destination in all areas, from the hotel offer to ancillary zones, natural spaces and leisure activities. .

Flags awarded to Troya I-II, El Duque, Fañabé and Torviscas beaches

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The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Flags are awarded to beaches and marines that meet high standards in areas such as hygienic conditions, water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management. Beaches and marines are inspected by independent inspectors and flags are awarded or withdrawn annually. The flags are a mark of quality and recognise the effort in tourist destinations which work to defend sustainable development.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. In Spain almost 600 beaches and marines have won the right to fly the flag, a number which places the country in the top bracket.

Looking good Adeje

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Beach upgrade – the Costa Torviscas concession company have contributed to the 600,000 euro investment in improvements in bathing and leisure zones

Torviscas and La Enramada beaches have a new look – fresher, more dynamic, more modern. The investment, with substantial contribution made by the Costa Torviscas concession company, has seen improvements in the bathing and leisure zones. The changes were all carried out within the integrated reform plan for the borough. Recently the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, accompanied by Miguel Ángel Rondón (Costa Torviscas) and the tourism councillor Rafael Dolado García, viewed the changes to the beaches which are now 100% accessible along wooden walkways, with specific zones for those with reduced mobility, adapted bathrooms, sunbeds, wifi access, sporting areas, and a monitored area for children over 3.

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The mayor said, “the business sector has shown an excellent level of dedication to the services they are providing for the beaches. We are working together to provide a regeneration and renewal of key points in the borough, the beaches of Torviscas and Enramada, bathing areas that are very popular with both tourists and residents.

He added, “alongside cleaning and better integration of services, one of the most important matters is improving accessibility, excellent service presentation, as well as introducing technology elements which are helping develop the borough as an intelligent destination with global access.”
Rondón said, “we are offering an integrated service to each and every tourist and resident, working to ensure that people come to the beaches, enjoy themselves, and return”:

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Top Water Quality

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Adeje has been working for a number of years to improve the quality of water in the borough, and the water that reaches our taps comes from both the island’s natural water galleries and the desalination plants here in the area. The council has also been working with the locally based company charged with improving the quality of the water and today, says the councillor for works in Adeje Gonzalo Delgado, Adejeros can count on top quality water.
The ongoing system of vigilance led to the detection of boron in a number of isolated cases last month, all of which have been resolved. In fact, according to regional comparisons, Adeje carries out the most controls of tap water of any of the Canarian boroughs, checking a number of factors including smell, taste, colour, ph balance, bacterial presence, fluoride, nitrates, etc. With the opening of the desalination plant in La Caleta in 2011, in addition to the Adeje-Arona plant already in operation, the quality improved further. In 2012, says Delgado, there were 320 separate inspections carried out, 57.26 per cent of them in private homes, and 42.7 per cent in public and commercial spaces, and according to the results published by the National Water Consumption Information System all the water in Adeje is apt for consumption.
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The Municipal Laboratory also carried out controlled studies on the water quality in the borough’s beaches, important for maintaining blue flag status, as well as for consumers, with highly satisfactory results, with the sea water by Adeje beaches of “excellent quality”, so good news for bathers.

Clean Beach Campaign

 

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This weekend the Asociación Paisaje Limpio, or Clean Countryside Association will visit the Fañabe and Duque beaches as part of the ‘Por unas Playas Limpias’ clean beach campaign.
Monitors from the national non-profit making association will visit the two beaches on Saturday July 27th to talk to bathers, ask them about the beaches as well as offering information on how to keep our beaches clean and contamination-free. They will also be handing out prizes and give-aways such as beach balls, fans and beach ashtrays.
Adeje tourism councillor Rafael Dolado García said that to make sure our beaches stayed clean and pollution free it was important that everyone worked together, public and private bodies as well as individual visitors to the beaches. “This is a question of environmental awareness and respect for our coastline as well as the rest of the countryside. When we use the beaches, when we visit the mountains and parks we shouldn’t be leaving anything behind when to show we were there, and that’s how we keep our surroundings clean”:
In Spain and in Tenerife, particular attention is paid to the coastline given the frequent usage, which of course means a higher risk of contamination. That’s why the Clean Countryside Association have an annual campaign that pays specific attention to the beaches. The Adeje council is fully behind the initiative and shares the aims it promotes and has said it would like to see the campaign extended to more beaches in Costa Adeje in the near future.
The Asociación Paisaje Limpio is a non-profit national organisation created to promote awareness and encourage recycling, the reduction of spillages and pollution and encourage public civic activities to deal with local pollution and waste management.