Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation Donates Rescue Board to Fernandina Beach Lifeguards

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Angela Ray
What is your name?
Angela Ray

What is your lifesaving agency/organization?
City of Fernandina Beach Recreation Dept. (COFB) / Amelia Island Lifesaving Association (AILA)

How long have you been with both organizations?
COFB 10 years, AILA 5 years

What is the mission of each agency, and how do they prevent drowning and promote water safety?
COFB conducts Ocean Rescues, has pool lifeguards, uses the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, conducts swim Lessons, and has a Junior Lifeguard Programs. The Amelia Island Lifesaving Association is committed to promoting and sponsoring activities that prevent drowning in our community.

How will the rescue board help your agencies carryout its mission?
The rescue board is being used to train lifeguards and junior lifeguards. The board is used by lifeguards to patrol open water swim competitions and junior lifeguard competitions.

Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue Lifeguards
How did you find about that H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco was going to donate a rescue boards to you organization? What was it like hearing the news?
Henry Reyes contacted me and I was very excited and extremely grateful that the City of Fernandina Beach was blessed with such an awesome piece of equipment.

How did you feel when you received the rescue board?
Extremely grateful and I raced the board in a 6 mile prone paddle board race the weekend after we received it at a Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue Competition fundraiser. That was brutal but fun!

How have you used the rescue board? Besides racing it, We used it to keep our junior lifeguards safe at a competition in Jacksonville Beach when the surf was a little too big and the junior lifeguards were pushing the limits!

What is the best thing about the rescue board?
The Princess of Monaco paddle board is comfortable, light weight, fast, and has lots of handles for real rescue situations.

Amelia Island Lifesaving Association
How has the rescue board prevented drowning in your area? How has it made a difference?
We used it to keep our junior lifeguards safe at a competition in Jacksonville Beach when the surf was a little too big and the junior lifeguards were pushing the limits!

What does drowning prevention mean to you, and how do you prevent drowning?
The Amelia Island Lifeguard Assc. along with the City of Fernandina Beach, FL uses a multi-faceted approach to drowning prevention. We provide swim lessons (with financial aid), junior lifeguard programs, drowning prevents workshops, and guarded facilities and beaches.

What would you like to say to H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco?
Thank you so much for honoring our small community with such an incredible piece of lifesaving equipment. We are committed to the prevention of drowning in our community and we appreciate your contribution to our efforts.

Lifeguarding is Fun

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by raquel No Comments

Get to know our ISLA volunteer, Patty Lanham! She joined ISLA for our project in Bahia Asuncion this October. Read more about her and her experience as an international lifeguard!

Patty Lanham
I am a seasonal beach lifeguard 1 for the City of San Diego. I have an associate degree in Administration of Justice with a Law Enforcement specialization. I’m THIS close to finishing an associate degree in Open Water Lifeguarding at Miramar College. I am interested in everything! Mostly people and what makes them tick. I garden, I read. I take classes at the community college. I dance. I run at a very comfortable pace.

What are your goals in life?
I want to be happy. I want to help people. I want to be surrounded by good friends and to let the rest of it go.

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are reading, surfing, swimming, roller skating, running, people watching, dancing, and I just started learning how to sew. I love a good vampire or werewolf book. I am totally addicted to romance novels. The kind you can pick up in the grocery store or airport. I’ve read so many of them it’s embarrassing.

What is your favorite beach in the world?
My favorite beaches are Newport Beach, Blacks, and South Mission. I’ve lifeguarded for five years for the City of San Diego. Pacific Beach, South Mission, Mission.

When did you start lifeguarding?
I started lifeguarding in 2010. I’ve been a swimmer my whole life and I always felt like it was something I should’ve done. So I did it! I am a lifeguard because I like my work to be meaningful. I love the silly things that happen. I love my coworkers. But it’s that moment when I really get to help someone that I live for. And I’m happiest in a job that is physical. I have a lot of energy. It’s pretty awesome being able to go in and out of the ocean all day too. Mostly I lifeguard because it’s good fun.

How did you first get started with ISLA?
The day before the application was due for Baja a lifeguard friend told me to apply. He’d gone on the trip the year before and said it was the greatest thing and I should do it. He was right. Thanks Mike!

What interested you most about ISLA?
I checked out ISLA’s website and it seemed to have a good mission. Drowning is so preventable and there are so many people worldwide who don’t know how to swim in the ocean. When you think about the last person you pulled out of the water and how many lives they touch…What am I talking about? Lifeguarding is FUN. And a chance to do something I love somewhere else with some other neat people? Yes, please!

Patty Lanham

What ISLA trip did you go on?
I went with ISLA to Bahia Asuncion, Mexico. Our junior lifeguarding got interrupted by a hurricane passing through. It was an adventure driving down there with a bunch of lifeguards. I want to go back. I worked with the youngest kids which was new for me. I’ve been a junior guard instructor before for a couple of summers but I worked with middle school aged kids. So I was a bit out of my element along with having a limited Spanish vocabulary. But with the little kids it was more activity based anyways. We did a couple in and out relays. We played beach flags. We gave beginning surf lessons. At first the kids were a bit shy. By the end of the day we were all holding hands in the surf getting smashed by waves. It was good fun.

I helped out at a CPR class where I showed the women and girls how find each other’s pulses. When the town officials shut the beach down due to weather we met with some of the kids to play. Some of us threw a football around while the rest were playing soccer or kickball.

On the last day we all participated in a mass rescue for the oldest kids. I put myself in deep water and when my rescuer came up close I was under water. He pulled me up and got me on the board. So I fell off and had to be rescued again. Then once I was brought in to shallow water with a couple other victims I collapsed and had to be carried out and they were all ready to begin CPR. They did great job improvising and working together to bring us all in.

Favorite thing about the ISLA project you were on?
I don’t think I can pick one favorite thing about the ISLA project I was on. I made so many cool new friends. I caught some awesome waves. I swam with WHALESHARKS. I don’t know how I’m ever going to beat that.

What have you learned from this trip?
I need to bring a mosquito net next year. Mosquitos LOVE deet. Always bring a spare key for your car when you drive down in Baja.

What inspired you on the trip?
The community in Bahia Asuncion inspired me. These people are close! It’s not like San Diego where I can go out in the day and not run into a single person I know. Everyone knows each other there and they are all friends. Our host, Jean, is pretty inspiring. She and her friends did so much to take care of us lifeguards while we were there. She’s pretty rad.

Is there anything that took you by surprise?
The beauty of Mexico took me by surprise. It’s just breathtaking.

What is the best beach food?
The best beach food for me is a bacon breakfast sandwich on a croissant with some coffee from Marina Village. For lunch I’ll take a sandwich from Dana Landing.

Patty Lanham

What is your favorite thing about lifeguarding?
I don’t know if I can pick one favorite thing about lifeguarding. There are so many. Awesome coworkers, waves, rip currents, people watching, rescues, sand, saltwater, sunburns, pranks, getting to wear flip flops to work…

What is your favorite piece of rescue equipment?
My favorite piece of rescue equipment is the old Surftech rescue board. You know the one I’m talking about. Rumor is they’re bringing them back. Can it be true? Please? Why? Because it works!

How will you continue to prevent drowning?
My plan for preventing drowning is to keep doing what I’m doing. Show up ready to work and help out. When I’m at the beach on my day off I’m still watching out for others. I’ll talk to anyone who wants to listen about conditions and how to stay calm and either get out of a rip current or stay afloat long enough to get some help. I’m always willing to help someone learn how to swim. I wish that swimming was a regular part of public education.

Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, Adventurous, Curious

What do you want to share with our readers?
Get yourself on one of these trips!

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Macedonian Rescuers Receive Rescue Board From Princess Charlene of Monaco

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by islasurforg No Comments

Angel Panovski
What is your name?
Angel Panovski

What is your agency/organization?

MACEDONIAN RESCUER Water and Mountain Safety Association – Veles, Macedonia

How long have you been with the Macedonian Rescuer organization?
Since the association’s foundation in 2010.

What is your mission, & How do they prevent drowning and promote water safety?

The Water and Mountain Safety Association MACEDONIAN RESCUER from Veles, Republic of Macedonia is formed with free joining of the water and mountain rescuers in Republic of Macedonia and is independent, non-government, non-political and not profitable association acting on or from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia.

Objectives of Macedonian Rescuer:

  1. Save the lives of the swimmers and hikers and reacts whenever there is a need for that;
  2. Fights against abuse of the water and mountain rescuers;
  3. Protecting the water and mountain rescuers from the self willingness of the beach and mountain houses owners, initiate and helps with preparing of collective agreements;
  4. Protection of the prestige and the dignity of the rescuer and his profession;
  5. Promotion of the social and material status of the rescuers;
  6. Represents the members and presents them in front of the social community participate actively in the preparing of legal regulations and international conventions of profession interest according the code of the water and mountain rescuers;
  7. Gives legal support to its members;
  8. Performs training, seminars and courses to improve the quality of the water and mountain safety, education of the rescuers , first aid and other;
  9. Education of the citizens of the water and mountain danger;
  10. Education of implementation of the First aid;

In achieving of its objectives MACEDONIAN RESCUER will stand for the professional and material interests of the water and mountain rescuers to protect them with the acts and regulations of the association and the agreements with the employers and on national level will initiate and involve preparing of the water and mountain safety law and regulation in cooperation with the government of the Republic of Macedonia;
TO HELP, PREVENT AND SAVE HUMAN LIVES…

Princess Charlene of Monaco Rescue Board
How will rescue board from the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation help your agency?
It already helped in enormous way because it is the first and only one rescue board ever used in Republic of Macedonia which we are very grateful. We deployed the board this summer at the nearby lake and it was a fantastic experience doing the lifeguard voluntary duties and we found the rescue much more easier and more faster which is crucial for the rescue it self. As you can see from the pictures of the Junior lifeguard training the children were asking to do the board rescue more than the rescues with the other rescue equipment.

How did you find about that H.S.H. Princess Charlene was going to donate rescue boards to you?

We found out about the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation from ISLA President Henry Reyes. He asked us if we were interested in getting a real professional rescue board at which we respond positively.

How did you feel when you received the rescue board?
We felt overwhelming and were happy and joyful as a young children getting their favorite toy.

Have you used the rescue board?
Yes we used it this summer at the lake Mladost in Veles

Princess of Monaco Foundation
What is the best thing about the rescue board?
The best thing is that we can do the rescues more professionally as well as it can help us to present the drowning prevention to the wider population in Republic of Macedonia.
How has the rescue board prevented drowning in your area? How has it made a difference?
This summer was a rainy one an we didn’t have so much swimmers so we didn’t have a board rescue but the rescue board has already made a difference with only being here ready to use it when ever there is a need.

What does drowning prevention mean to you?
Drowning prevention is a way of life, wanting to help someone before he enter the water and to educate people of the potential dangers of swimming.

How do you prevent drowning?
Educating by lectures in the elementary an d high schools, at the beach by putting proper water safety signs, talking directly to the swimmers by warning them of the water danger or their behavior in the water leading to a drowning.

What would you like to say to H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco?
A huge thanks for the rescue board, we will never forget what they did for us and our organization and especially for the lifesaving in Macedonia
p.s. if it is possible for us to visit their new water safety facility in Monaco ?

Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation Donates Rescue Board to American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps

Posted on: December 3rd, 2014 by islasurforg No Comments

Vasili Pleqi
What is your name?
Vasili Pleqi

What is your agency/organization?
American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps (ARCVLSC) ~ Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

How long have you been with Jacksonville Beach?
I have been the the ARCVLSC for 3 years.

What is your agency’s mission & How do you prevent drowning and promote water safety?
To maintain a group of individuals thoroughly trained in life saving and first aid, who are expected to respond promptly in any emergency requiring such service, regardless of time or place.

ARCVLSC prevents drowning by:

  • Teaching swimming and life saving.
  • Holding swimming and life saving exhibitions.
  • Promoting swimming and life saving competitions.
  • Giving instruction in the approved method or methods of performing artificial respiration.
  • Posting volunteer guard(s) where possible and advisable.
  • Placing buoys and other life saving equipment where needed.

How will the rescue board help ARCVLSC in your mission?
The rescue board will serve as a rescue equipment on the beach and special events such as triathlon, swimming and SUP/board races etc. It will also be used to train current and future lifeguards in our Jr. Guard Program and Recruit Class. The board will also be used for competition by the South Atlantic Region 2014 Defending Champions; Jacksonville Beach.

How did you find about that H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco was going to donate rescue boards to you?
It was very exciting news for me that I was able to accomplish something for this organization when Henry (ISLA President) sent me a text message that he has a rescue board that our organization could use.

American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps

What is the best thing about the rescue board?
Its unique shape,stability and light weight. it is very easy to maneuver compared to a traditional yellow paddle board, and the straps are thin causing little to no chaffing on the rescuer’s thighs.

What does drowning prevention mean to you?
Drowning Prevention means a lot to me because it is totally preventable. There is no reason for people to drown in the 21st century, with all these high tech rescue equipment, pool fencing models, and especially public education through social media advertisement.

How do you prevent drowning?
To me Public Education is the foundation to drowning prevention. Explaining to a family where the rip current is, and how to escape can go a long way when they drive back home and tell their neighbors, friends and extended family what they learned today. Another way is through Social Media everyone checks their account at least once an hour, think of how much impact it would make world wide.

What would you like to say to H.S.H. Princess Charlene of Monaco?
On Behalf of the American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps, I really appreciate everything you do to promote drowning, and support lifesaving organizations with rescue equipment. We are very grateful for the donation of this Rescue Paddleboard. We would like to invite you to our National Historic Lifesaving Saving Station that is rich in its 104 years of history.

WHO’s Global Report On Drowning

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Global Report On Drowning
ACCORDING TO THE 2014 WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING:
Data collection in many low- and middle-income countries is limited, hampering the planning, implementation and monitoring of drowning prevention measures. In addition, the way deaths are classified means the full extent of the world’s drowning problem is underrepresented – statistics currently exclude intentional drowning (for example,suicide and homicide), as well as drowning deaths resulting from flood disasters and water transport incidents. 1 data on non-fatal drownings, which could reveal something about the burden of serious injury and lifelong disability, are not routinely collected.

Key facts:

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
  • There are an estimated 372 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
  • Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.
  • Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.

“There needs to be much more national and international attention focused on drowning, given the limited data available on its true scale and the heavy toll it takes on families, communities and economies.”
- World Health Organization

Interested in reading the full 2014 WHO Global Report on Drowning?
Global Report on Drowning

In The Beginning I Became A Lifeguard Because

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by islasurforg No Comments

Jena-Cree-Lifeguard

Hi! My name is Jenalea Cree and I recently volunteered on the ISLA trip to the Dominican Republic. I am 24 and living in Irvine, CA. I am a lifeguard and junior lifeguard instructor at Crystal Cove State Park. I am starting my teaching credential in the fall and hope to be a 3rd or 4th grade teacher someday and a junior guard instructor in the summers. I love reading, swimming, running, cooking and farmers markets. I also love travel and had the most amazing experience on the ISLA trip to the DR!

 

Favorite beach in the world?

My favorite beach in the world is Newport Beach, it’s the beach where I learned everything I know about the ocean and also where I have the most memories from. A close second would have to be Twin Lakes in Santa Cruz.

 

Where have you lifeguarded around the world?

So far I have lifeguarded in Crystal Cove State Park, Santa Cruz, and the Dominican Republic. I was Team DR this past April! I traveled to the Dominican Republic with ISLA to help teach a lifesaving course and lifeguard during Semana Santa.

 

When did you start lifeguarding?

I started lifeguarding in 2005 in various pools around Orange County. I eventually started lifeguarding in lakes and finally became a beach state lifeguard for Crystal Cove in 2012.

 

Why are you a lifeguard?

In the beginning I became a lifeguard because it seemed like a great summer job that paid more than what my friends got in retail and food service. That all changed when I became a beach lifeguard and realized the true lifestyle that lifeguarding offers and how it can really transform your life. It made me realize that I have a love of helping others and educating them. This love of helping and educating others is what led me to ISLA and I will now use it to become a teacher this next year.

 

How did you first get started with ISLA?

I first got started at ISLA after lifeguard training. During training Will Koon brought up ISLA and said that anyone interested in travel and lifesaving should check it out. I was interested in both so I contacted Raquel Lizarraga to see how I could get involved. I started out with doing office work and helping with the Global Drowning tracker and eventually was able to go on the trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

What interested you most about ISLA?

ISLA really interested me because it seemed like an opportunity to travel and see the world but through a very honest perspective. I have never really been the stay at the resort and sit by the pool kind of girl but have always wanted to instead travel around the world and see what life is really like in different countries. The added bonus with ISLA was that I could travel around see the problems and actually do something to help.

Dominican-Republic-Mariposa-Foundation

 

What do you love most about volunteering for ISLA?

I really loved having the opportunity to meet people from lifesaving agencies all over the world. We all came from different agencies but had such common interests and were really able to bond through our experience.

 

What do you do outside of volunteering for ISLA?

This past year I worked at the Laguna Art Museum and this upcoming fall I’m going to school to get my multiple subject teaching credential. Some other hobbies I have outside of lifeguarding and ISLA is a love of open water swimming, marathon running, vegan cooking, reading, and shopping!

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired daily by the people around me and their want to make a difference and be better people. I work at a beach filled with people who really try to do the best they can at their job and in life.

 

What is the best beach food?

My favorite beach food is a Gallo’s avocado sandwich and a date shake from the shake shack. Sooooo good!

 

Favorite beach music?

I am for sure an old soul so my favorite beach music will always be Led Zeppelin.

 

Favorite thing about lifeguarding?

Being at my favorite place and helping other people enjoy it as much as me!

 

Favorite piece of rescue equipment?

Sunscreen! I love being outside all day long and I want to spend my life that way. So anyone that knows me knows I try to protect my skin as much as possible in order to stay healthy and protect myself so I can protect others as long as possible.

 

What is your hope for drowning prevention?

I plan to continue to prevent drowning through continuing to lifeguard and be a junior guard instructor. I also plan to continue to help ISLA as much as I can. I hope to also educate my future classes as soon as I become a teacher on drowning prevention.

 

Describe yourself in 3 words

contemplative, competitive, kind

Dominican-Republic-Lifeguard

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