Tourism News

Tourism News Phuketwan Tourism News
facebook recommendations

NEWS ALERTS

Sign up now for our News Alert emails and the latest breaking news plus new features.

Click to subscribe

Existing subscribers can unsubscribe here

RSS FEEDS

Paiboon Upatising would like resorts to warn visitors about Phuket beaches

Phuket's Beaches Win Lifeguards and New System

Friday, April 2, 2010
PHUKET'S popular beaches will have lifeguards from April until January and a new warning system under a decision made by the Phuket Provincial Adminstrative Organisation today.

The contract for 9.9 million baht is to be signed on Monday with Prathayut ''Nut'' Cheryon, representing the Phuket Lifeguard Club. Khun Nut made the lower bid of two tenderers for the role.

The plan is to train lifeguards to a high standard, based on the Australian bronze medallion system, Phuketwan has learned. Protected swimming zones will be created at each of the 13 beaches, manned by a total of 83 lifeguards.

Unlike other proposals, the lifeguards will be full-time and not diverted by other activities, such as jet-ski hiring or working as vendors.

Each pod of lifeguards will have lifeguard fins, a rescue board, a radio, binoculars and other equipment, including cpr masks and oxygen.

Longer beaches, including Kamala, Bang Tao, Patong and Karon, will each have a jet-ski.

The Chief Executive of the PPAO, Paiboon Upatising, told Phuketwan today that he would ask Phuket resorts to warn visitors about the dangers on Phuket's beaches during the monsoon/summer season especially.

''There will be lifeguards on the beaches, which is good,'' Khun Paiboon said. ''But sometimes, people insist on swimming on the beaches, even when it is unsafe. We have to try to save people any way we can.''

Lifesafers from Australia and the US who have volunteered to help with training are likely to be made welcome.

Phuketwan understands that the training system for the 10,000 bah a month jobs will be intense, with preference being given to those with previous experience.

Two Phuket lifeguards with training in Australia are to be among those employed, if all goes according to plan.

There have been no lifeguards on Phuket's beaches since mid-November, when the previous contract expired. It is believed a commonsense approach, involving a contracted company and volunteers as well, is expected to evolve.

There were 53 drownings on Phuket in 2009, including a high number on some of Phuket's better known beaches during the monsoon/summer season. Latest figures show there were three in February.
Put Tourism First, Say Phuket Protesters
PHOTO ALBUM A protest in Phuket City calls on the PM and red leaders to consider Thailand's tourism industry and to ''stop doing silly things.'' Will the message get through?
Put Tourism First, Say Phuket Protesters

Taxi Driver Shoots Man, Flees, Then Surrenders
Latest A taxi driver has surrendered to police and been permitted bail after allegedly using an illegal weapon to shoot a man in an argument about a woman.
Taxi Driver Shoots Man, Flees, Then Surrenders

Phuket's Chief Justice Mediates, and Moves On
Latest Tourists in trouble on Phuket can thank Chief Justice Varangkana Sujaritkul for a system that is now less likely to impose unreasonable extra penalties. Mediation is the key.
Phuket's Chief Justice Mediates, and Moves On

Andaman Record Mass Dive Bid Postponed
Latest The early advent of bad monsoon season weather has led to the postponement of an attempt on the world mass diving record. The attempt was to have taken place on Saturday.
Andaman Record Mass Dive Bid Postponed

Phuket Developer Accused, Denies 200m Baht Fraud
Latest The British CEO of a development that attracted interest from Singapore, Australia, Britain and Hong Kong is arrested on Phuket and charged with an alleged 200 million baht scam.
Phuket Developer Accused, Denies 200m Baht Fraud

Comments

Comments have been disabled for this article.

gravatar

Seems like good news for now, I was just on Koh Chang and they had wonderful signs including pictures of a rip tide and explaining it, theses signs were not just at the beach they were all over and as far as I can tell they were in English Thai and German, I thinks educating the beachgoers as well as the lifeguards is important but this is the first good step

Posted by Michael on April 2, 2010 20:23


Tuesday October 15, 2019
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

FOLLOW PHUKETWAN

Facebook Twitter