VIDEO: North Devon lifeguard gives life saving skills in Senegal
The RNLI has released a video showing how a North Devon lifeguard brought lifesaving skills to Senegal.
Vaughan Lawson, RNLI Lifeguard manager for North Devon and Bude, travelled to the African nation to assist in training and forming a lifesaving service.
Mr Lawson and Tim Doran, from Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, spent two weeks training volunteer and full-time lifesavers.
Now the RNLI has produced a seven minute video showing how the pair worked with local people to create a life-saving legacy.
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Video: The RNLI video from Senegal
During the fortnight, the pair trained 25 volunteer and full-time lifeguards equipping them with vital knowledge and skills.
Further training was also given to members of the fire service, who will undertake regular beach patrols, and six instructors to continue the training of new volunteers.
Mr Lawson said: “The Senegalese lifeguards work in difficult conditions with very little equipment, sharing one whistle between four across a 1km stretch of beach. It was a real eye-opener to see how their lifeguard service is set up and made me realise how fortunate we are in the UK to have access to specialist equipment, which is vital for saving lives.”
“The lifeguards there are amongst the most highly motivated I’ve ever come across, they’re very hardworking and diligent.”
The course covered a number of aspects of lifeguarding, including recognising when a person is in distress, how to use the new equipment and rescuing and treating a casualty.
The project is a part of a push to broaden the RNLI’s international development work, which has taken in countries such as Uganda, India and Thailand.
Mr Willis said: “The RNLI is exploring a collaboration with international children’s charity Plan International to develop a pan-African swim-safe programme for children.”