Jayne MacDougall, for Phuket Lifeguard Club, told Phuketindex “It looks like being a great day and we hope to have lots of people joining in. Please help to spread the word to your circle of friends about the event. All are welcome to participate or to cheer the competitors.
Know someone who might be coming to Phuket at that time? Need more information? Let me know. See poster attached!” Event is at Loma Park, Patong Beach, for men and women, under 15, under 18, open, and over 50. Registration is 8.30am, official opening at 10.30am. For more info see www.phuketlifeguard.com or contact 081-7974775.
Last year it aimed at a target of 40-60 international and 60-80 local participants with a variety of activities and events – the emphasis was on having a great time and a great sporting event. For the first time an under 15’s category was included to allow younger competitors to join in. Special prizes for Thai competitors were given as one of the aims of the carnival is promoting water safety and skills in the Thai community. The carnival last year was also based at Patong Beach, beside Loma Park.
The Phuket Lifeguard Club (a non-profit organisation established in 2003) is the organiser of this event. All their members and committee are voluntary. They support initiatives of water safety and the contributions lifeguards and lifesaving make to the community, conduct and encourage training in first aid, CPR and rescue skills and organise sporting events to move lifesaving to the next level in Thailand. Last year they ran regular kids carnivals “Nippers” to encourage children to have confidence and learn essential skills that beach and pool users require in rescue and water safety.
This year they have been very busy providing professional lifeguards on all the major beaches of Phuket under a contract with the Provincial Administration Organisation, saving over 100 lives of tourists and residents who got into trouble when they went in the sea despite red danger warning flags being visible; and the club have also recently conducted more training for the lifeguards with help from Australian experts.