Lifeguard capabilities tested

Talks with the municipality are underway to station lifeguards at Independence Beach and surrounding beach areas.

04 February 2019 | Local News

Leandrea Louw - Monarch Lifeguard and Emergency Services held a live demonstration to showcase the capabilities of their lifeguards at Independence Beach in Kuisebmond on Friday.

They are currently in consultations with the municipality of Walvis Bay for the possible placement of a voluntary lifeguard at the beach every Saturday and Sunday.

Scuba divers showcased their equipment during a diving operation and the different equipment used by the lifeguards during the demonstration. An on-site ambulance team from St Gabriel ambulance services also attended the exercise.

According to Muyenga Marthin, owner of Monarch Lifeguard, their main aim is to provide rescue and safety services to the community of Walvis Bay.

“We’re passionate about educating and create awareness to our community to enjoy the beaches in a safe and responsible manner. We have worked with the Walvis Bay municipality for the past two years on a voluntary basis where we provided scuba diving services to help retrieve bodies or property lost at sea.”

He also stressed the importance of coordination and teamwork between the lifeguards and the medical rescue team, as well as recognising when someone is in trouble in the water.

“It is imperative to calm a victim when you are rescuing them while at sea.

“Our ultimate goal is to station a lifeguard along the beaches in and around Walvis Bay. Anyone who has swimming experience or no experience at all is more than welcome to join us. ”

Monarch also provides swimming lessons, from beginner to advanced classes.

Over the past festive season one drowning incident was recorded, and more than five near drowning incidents.

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