Soratam Jinda, a Vice President of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO), said that it had prepared 10 million baht of budget to employ the 83 beach life-guards looking after people on beaches around Phuket from April 2010 – February 2011. The beach life-guards are posted on Nai Harn Beach, Ya Nui Beach, Kata Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Laem Singha Beach, Pansea Beach, Surin Beach, Nai Yang Beach, Nai Ton Beach, and Mai Khao Beach.
The beach life-guards work daily 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. All of them were well trained by the Phuket Life Guard Association. The main duty of them is to inform tourists (& residents) not to swim in the sea when there is a red flag on the beach. Apart from this, they have to help tourists (& residents) in any accidents from activities happening in their area of responsibility such as Jet Ski accidents and jelly fish stings. Moreover, PPAO had cooperated with Phuket Tourism Association and Thai Southern Hotel Association to warn tourists (& residents) not to swim or do any activities in the sea when the weather is bad.
Finally, Soratam added that in the past there were a lot of people who drowned because they did not listen to the warnings. In three months, one tourist died and 10 people were saved by the beach guards. Additionally, PPAO planned to train people how to save others from marine accidents. The instructors in the training would be experts from Phuket Marine Police.