Annual meetings between the Phuket Lifeguard Service and the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation occur because the contract is renegotiated each year.
While the PPAO has agreed to the budget of 20 million baht, Phuketwan understands that the governing body would like to see more lifeguards on more Phuket beaches at the same cost.
Lifeguards now number 106 at 13 popular tourist beaches along Phuket's west coast. Service officials say much of their equipment is worn and needs replacing.
The contract expires at the end of May. Despite an upgrading in skills among the lifeguards and hundreds of rescues, drownings still claim lives in the seas around Phuket needlessly.
Water safety experts have made the point that as a year-round beach holiday destination, Phuket must do more to ensure that visitors who come during the more dangerous May-October monsoon season do not drown.
Last year, eight tourists drowned at Phuket west coast beaches between mid-May and mid-July.
During the monsoon period, good resort managers warn guests that they are safer in resort pools - or if they really do prefer the seas, to always swim between the lifeguard flags.
Tourists are advised to never enter the sea when red flags for danger are flying.
Some resorts that welcome guests for beach holidays during the monsoon season still fail to take responsibility for warning guests when conditions are not safe.
During the monsoon season, some of Phuket's most popular swimming beaches develop rip currents that can pull swimmers out to sea.
The currents only become dangerous when swimmers struggle to get back to shore against them. Expert advice is to allow the current to pull you out, then swim sideways, out of the current.
Statistics on the number of drownings on Phuket have not been updated since 2011. Annual figures for the road toll on Phuket have also not been provided since 2011.