Safety at sea saves lifes

15 young Adeje students have just completed a couse in life-saving

15 young Adeje people have just completed a training programme under the PFAE programme (training in alternate skills) funded by the European Social Fund “Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro”, which, following an 11 month training period, has seen them take home their certificate as qualified lifeguards in pools and open waters.

This is a new programme directed by the Adeje council with the European funding and in conjunction with the Canarian employment service. It is designed specifically to meet a demand in the sector (young people between 16 and 30 years of age), and the training was primarily in life-saving skills and safety in coastal areas.

“We actually have three active programme in alternative employment training, Prodintur – with a focus on tourism, Limpur Adeje – cleaning and maintenance services, and Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro (Blue Adeje, Safe Adeje), and the programmes are aimed at groups of people who might not have found work, for different reasons, without this additional training. We have had an excellent success rate in the past and therefore believe these kind of initiatives do meet a number of needs, rapidly and effectively”, said employment policies councillor, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín.

During the Adeje Azul, Adeje Seguro course the participants learnt life-saving techniques, how to use a defibrillator, basic boat navigation and an English language course adapted to the job of a lifeguard in different situations.

Another training course, a Blue Flag lifeguard course, trains individuals who may be working with special needs bathers. The young people also took part in workshops to improve their self-empowerment and self-sufficiency skills to assist them in entering the labour market.

The course saw participants not just learning the skills directly related to the job in question, but also in related areas, and they trained on the borough’s beaches as well as with the local volunteer fire brigade. The skill set is based primarily on prevention, vigilance, rescue and first aid.

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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.