Maldives to Deploy Lifeguards in 19 Local Islands for Enshure Safety
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10 January, 2020
Maldives authorities have opened applications for tourist scouts to be stationed in 19 local islands across the archipelago, in a bid to strengthen the safety of holidaymakers visiting on a budget the popular tourist destination.
The Water Safety Programme, conducted by the tourism ministry in association with the police and armed forces, seeks to ensure that the Maldives remains a safe place for tourists, with no risk involved in beach and water activities such as swimming.
The islands include islands from A. A, A. Dh, B, L, atolls and other central region atolls of the Maldives. Applications for lifeguards will soon be opened and training will be commenced sometime this month, according to the Maldives government.
Nineteen islands, each housing more than 100 tourist beds, have been identified for the first phase of the nationwide programme. The islands include:
- Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll
- Rasdhoo, Ukulhas and Thoddoo in Alif Alif atoll
- Dhigurah and Haggnaameedhoo in Alif Dhaal atoll
- Dhiffushi, Gulhi, Guraidhoo, Himmafushi, Huraa, Maafushi and Thulusdhoo in Kaafu atoll
- Thinadhoo in Vaavu atoll
- Gan in Laamu atoll
- Male and its sattelite town of Hulhumale, as well as the suburban town of Villimale
Candidates should be able to serve provide first aid and serve as a first responder in any rescue or help needed. They should also be familiar the locations safe for swimming.
These lifeguards, known as ‘Beach Scouts’ will be tasked with providing safety briefing, and details of the island and weather to tourists, as well as ensuring their safety in water.
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