Lifeguards Without Borders Announces Dr. Martin Hedstrom III Memorial Scholarship

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by Henry Reyes No Comments
About Dr. Martin Hedstrom:  Martin was an ocean rescue lifeguard in Jacksonville Beach, Florida before completing medical school in the Dominican Republic. He was a charter member of Lifeguards Without Borders and was dedicated to community service and drowning prevention. More importantly, he was an adventurous, outgoing, all-around awesome guy that was a close friend and brother to us all. He was a best friend to everyone he met, and gave everyone of us stories upon stories to tell of our travels, rescues, and adventures. He was a family man and had 3 children with his wonderful wife. Unfortunately, while his wife was pregnant with their third child, Martin’s life was cut short when he died unexpectedly while undergoing cardiac surgery.

Purpose of the Scholarships: To seek out and support individuals and/or organizations with projects that embody the values of the late Dr Martin Hedstrom. These projects should put talents and resources to use reducing the global burden of fatal and non-fatal drowning, with an emphasis on prevention, public health, and sustainable development.

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply click here. This year would have been Dr. Martin’s 35th birthday, and makes the fifth year of his passing.

CLICK HERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR A GRANT/SCHOLARSHIP.

Check out who Lifeguards Without Borders announced the individuals that embody the spirt & values of their Co-Founder Dr. Martin Hedstrom for last year:

POSTGRADUATE AWARDS ($1,000)
William KoonWilliam Koon 
has travelled the world to bring access to emergency medicine and professional rescue to low and middle-income countries. He has trained lifeguards in many developing nations, including the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Mexico, and delivered a Congressional address at the U.S. Capitol regarding an online tracker for international drowning incidents developed with ISLA. He is pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington.

Trevor McDonalsTrevor MacDonald recognizes the scarcity of research that has been conducted within the field of open water lifesaving and aims to do something about it. His Masters thesis at California State University Los Angeles is titled “Strategic Assessments as a Lifesaving Tool: An Examination of Expectancy Violation and Strategic Assessments as it Relates to Marine Safety” and aims to collect more data about how California lifeguards parse through large crowds and determine which bathers require closer attention. As a 10 year veteran Huntington Beach lifeguard, it’s a subject he’s more than qualified to tackle.

UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS ($500)

Andre Adam

Andre Adam is a lifesaver out of Hot Water Beach, New Zealand, known for being one of the most dangerous beaches in the country. The nature of his rescue work there inspired him to pursue medicine at Otego University where he has earned top honors and two commendations from the Dean for high marks and work ethic.

Da Quecye Swain

Da’Quecye Swain‘s survived drowning experience inspired him to become a lifesaver. He was recently able to return the favor when he performed a double rescue on two brothers who had gone beyond their depth. He is studying communications at Baldwin Wallace University with a triple minor in Politics, Legal studies and Public Relations

Erin Cole

Erin Cole is getting over the heartbreak of leaving her beloved Sonoma County lifeguarding gig for UC San Diego’s halls of academia. Erin spent many years as a junior lifeguard counselor and lifeguard supervisor at Sonoma and will use her degree to continue drowning prevention and water safety education with young people.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to everyone who applied, it is so cool to see folks from so many different backgrounds and locations interested in using their knowledge and skills to help decrease the global burden of drowning.

The $1,500 Project Grant winners will be announced later (Applications are due December 1, 2016). Keep an eye out for applications for next year’s individual scholarships.

Thanks for your support!
Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH
Director, Lifeguards Without Borders

 

How is my ISLA donation spent?

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by olin patterson No Comments

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Project Cook Islands 2016

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by olin patterson No Comments
Island Culture, Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

Island Culture, Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

 

Rarotonga Island snorkeling

Rarotonga Island snorkeling.

 

Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

Rarotonga beaches, Cook Islands.

 

Rarotonga Island

Rarotonga Island.

 

Rarotonga surf

Surf in Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands.

 

ISLA/Lifeguards without Borders project and adventure to Avarua, Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands!

Get ready for an incredible adventure and life-saving journey to beautiful Avarua, Rarotonga in the Cook Islands! The objective of the mission is three parts: the raise awareness for water safety initiatives on the island and for the people of Rarotonga; support the lifeguard employees of a new open-water Waterpark called Rongohiva; as well as supplement water safety initiatives of the Cook Island Canoe Association (CICA) before “Vaka Eiva” the annual outrigger canoe race in November.

The project’s course will be conducted during the week of October 16-26th, and will include course participants that include island citizens, members of CICA, and lifeguards of Rongahiva. The long term goal is to create a biennial (every two years) training course in the region to continuously certify Rarotongan Ocean Rescuers, supply further lifesaving equipment in the region, and create a strong relationship for future exchanges and lifeguard projects throughout the entire region!

The application process for this adventure is competitive, and priority will be given to those that turn in the application early… so don’t delay!!

Tentative Project Itinerary

Sunday, October 16th: Arrive in Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Oct 16- 18: Meet the team and get situated on the island.

Oct 19: Prep day for the training course.

Oct 20-22: Conduct ISLA Open Water 3 day training course in Avarua, Rarotonga.*

Oct. 23-26th: Tour the island of Rarotonga including beaches and areas, this will include snorkeling, diving, boating, and exploring the jungles of the island. This will be a great time to see much of the island, as well as bond with our team mates and meet many locals. Details are still being worked on but will be confirmed before the closing dates of applications.

*Project dates are pending and will be confirmed prior to the close of the application process.

Pre-Project Schedule

Sunday, July 30rd 2016:  Applications Close at 11:59pm PST!*

August 5th 2016: Selected Volunteers Notified.

August 20th, 2016: $100 non-refundable deposit and airfare purchase due.

September 3rd 2016: $750 non-refundable project donation due.

*Applicants who apply early are giving preference.

COSTS:
ISLA Donation: US$850 (Click here to see how this donation funds the project).
Visa: No visa is required for Australian, EU, British, Canadian and US citizens. Please consult your embassy for further information.
Airfare to Rarotonga Island (RAR) International Airport: (from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this ranges from $900 to $1300).

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT COOK ISLAND DONATION:

  • Transportation to and from the airport and during the extent of the trip
  • Lodging during for the extent of the trip (Oct. 16-26)
  • 1 Year ISLA Membership and ISLA Membership Kit
  • Meals during Volunteer training portions (approximately ½ the trip)
  • International travelers insurance for the duration of the project
  • ISLA Uniform
  • Equipment Donation

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Project Southern California 2016 Recap

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Henry Reyes No Comments
Santa Monica Pier Jumps

ISLA volunteer and Jax Beach, Florida Lifeguard Nicole Emerson jumps on the Santa Monica Pier to simulate a rescue situation.

huntington beach pier lifeguard tower

ISLA volunteers take a tour of Tower “0” which sits above the Huntington Beach pier.

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ISLA Global Volunteers on the beaches of Ensenada during a three day training course in Mexico.

After three days of training, course participants must show the skills they have learned in a practical assessment.

After three days of training, course participants must show the skills they have learned in a practical assessment.

Meet the 2016 ISLA Open Water Certified Lifeguards of Mexico!

Meet the 2016 ISLA Open Water Certified Lifeguards of Mexico!

ISLA & Lifeguards Without Borders has just finished its very first humanitarian project in Southern California! We were extremely happy to welcome our volunteers from Australia, Ireland, Canada, New Jersey, Florida, and California! For the first several days our volunteers visited the beautiful and iconic beaches of Southern California and received VIP tours of several lifesaving agencies, before they headed down to Mexico to conduct our 3-day Basic Open Water Lifeguard Course in Ensenada.

With the coordination and assistance of Ron Jensen (ex San Diego, California lifeguard), and his agency Salvavidas Baja, ISLA volunteers led a 30 hour academy-style lifesaving training course that included classroom and practical lifeguarding techniques, as well as lessons with an emphasis on discipline and professionalism. Thirty Five participants from various Mexican agencies (Civil Defense, Ensenada Fire Department, Salvavidas Baja, Cedros Islands Lifeguards), as well as several independent lifeguards from the adjacent areas, braved gloomy spring conditions to participate in our training program. Some participants traveled great distances and made great personal sacrifices to attend the academy. Twenty-two of the participants earned ISLA’s International Open Water Lifeguard certification.

According to Ron Jensen, this was the first time so many various agencies had come together to share/learn techniques, with the goal of advancing the professionalism of surf lifesaving in Mexico. Ron also informed us that the Cedros Islands Lifeguards will be taking their training and skills back home to establish the first-ever lifesaving service for the residents of the Cedros Islands.

In addition to their instructing responsibilities, ISLA volunteers were able to experience some of what Southern and Baja California have to offer. This included beach side camping in Ensenada, seeing a Native American heritage sight at La Buffadora (a massive blowhole that has an entire town that’s built around it), meeting the winners of the world famous Baja 500 off-road race, observing the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Park Observatory, partaking in the “Great American Pastime” by going to a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game, jumping off the “World Famous” Santa Monica pier, and swimming through secret caves in Laguna Beach to mention just a few!

We would like to thank our hosts Ron & Ester Jensen of Salvavidas Baja, our volunteers for their selfless efforts, the SoCal lifesaving agencies for the opportunity to tour their facilities (Santa Monica Harbor Patrol, Huntington Beach Lifeguards, and Newport Beach Lifeguards), all the participants in our lifeguard academy, and everyone else that made this project possible. This was the first ISLA project in our own backyard; where our organization was founded. You have all made this unique experience all the more memorable. Keep your ears open for more upcoming opportunities to help save lives around the world.

Bueno! Bueno! Bueno!

–D. Wags

Project Ghana 2016

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by olin patterson No Comments
the busy and warm beaches of Accra, Ghana.

The busy and warm beaches of Accra, Ghana that often have large and dangerous surf.

 

Children diving off a fishing boat off the beaches of Accra, Ghana.

Children diving off a fishing boat off the beaches of Accra, Ghana.

 

A panoramic of the nearby Shai Hills Wildlife Sanctuary outside of Ghana.

A panoramic of the nearby Shai Hills Wildlife Sanctuary outside of Ghana.

 

ISLA volunteers will have the chance to do the Canopy walk in Kakum National Park.

ISLA volunteers will have the chance to do the Canopy walk in Kakum National Park and view the wild life there!

 

Felix Fitness Foundation has reached tens of thousands of children in Africa with their aquatic safety programs.

Felix Fitness Foundation has reached tens of thousands of children in Africa with their aquatic safety programs. This next mission will be the beginning of formalizing a national ocean rescue team across many civil and public organizations.

 

ISLA project and adventure to Ghana… WEST AFRICA!!

Get ready for a life-changing and wild adventure to Africa! ISLA is adding a new project destination to its global list and is heading to Accra, the capitol city of Ghana! There we will work to collaborate with local lifesaving groups to pioneer the beginning of a national effort for water safety initiatives and create an ocean rescue team in Ghana. The first step of this long term initiative is conducting ISLA’s 3 day basic Open Water Course, as well as donating needed equipment for lifesaving efforts, including buoys and swim fins.

ISLA will be collaborating with Lifeguards without Borders, and Ghanaian-based fitness and drowning prevention group Felix Fitness Foundation to conduct the its Open Water Basic Training Course. Felix Fitness Foundation was founded in 2010 by Felix Uzor, a UK trained lifeguard and fitness coach as a way to reduce drownings in the region and provide the needed education and training for better water safety among children.

The project’s course will be conducted during the week of November 16-23, and will include a planned 100 Ghanaian students from Navy, Fire, Police, Marine Corps, and Disaster Management throughout Ghana, in the city of Accra. The long term goal is to create a biennial (every two years) training course in the region to continuously certify Ghanian ocean rescuers, supply further lifesaving equipment in the region, and create a strong relationship for future exchanges and lifeguard projects throughout the entire region!

The application process for this adventure is competitive, and priority will be given to those that turn in the application early… so don’t delay!!

Tentative Project Itinerary

Thursday, November 16th 2016: Arrive in Accra, Ghana*

Nov 16-18: Tour Accra and surrounding beaches and areas, this will include a nearby canopy forest and/or wildlife sanctuary (entrance fee of about 10 euro not included). This will be a great time to see much of the country, as well as bond with our team mates and meet many locals. Details are still being worked on but will be confirmed before the closing dates of applications.

Nov 19: Prep day for the training course.

Nov 20-22: Conduct ISLA Open Water 3 day training course in Accra, Ghana.*

Nov 23: tour in the morning, and depart for home in the afternoon.*

*Project dates are pending and will be confirmed prior to the close of the application process.

Pre-Project Schedule

Sunday, July 3rd 2016:  Applications Close at 11:59pm PST!*

July 17th 2016: Selected Volunteers Notified.

July 24th, 2016: $100 non-refundable deposit and airfare purchase due.

September 23rd 2016: $850 non-refundable project donation due.

*Applicants who apply early are giving preference.

COSTS:
ISLA Donation: US$850
Visa application fee: $50-$150 dependent on your country. Call your consulate for more information on this process.
Airfare to Kotoka (ACC) International Airport: (from Los Angeles, CA (LAX) this ranges from $900 to $1300).

INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT GHANA DONATION:

  • Transportation to and from the airport and during the extent of the trip
  • Lodging during for the extent of the trip (Nov. 16-23)
  • 1 Year ISLA Membership and ISLA Membership Kit
  • Meals during Volunteer training portions (approximately ½ the trip)
  • International travelers insurance for the duration of the project
  • ISLA Uniform
  • Equipment Donation to the Felix Fitness Foundation to be used for creating a national ocean rescue team in Ghana.

Entry, Exit, Visa Restrictions and IMPORTANT Health Notice:

  • A passport and a visa are required!!!
  • PROOF OF A RECENT (WITHIN 6 MONTHS) YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION.
  • MALARONE (a malaria prevention prescription from your doctor) is needed for the extent of your travels (and a week before and after).
  • A valid VISA is MANDATORY. Call you consulate for details but this process can take UP TO A MONTH after purchasing your airfare.
  • Additional health and safety issues will be issued to applicants accepted on this trip.

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Curso Internacional De Salvavidas Oceanico Basico (1-3 de Junio, 2016)

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Doce ISLA salvavidas instructores de Australia, Canadá, Irlanda, México y los Estados Unidos llevará a cabo un curso básico de salvavidas en aguas abiertas en Ensenada México. No se pierda usted la oportunidad de ser certificado como un salvavidas Internacional de la Asociación Internacional de salvamento de la resaca.

Para obtener más información póngase en contacto con Ron Jensen en: ronaldwaynejensen@gmail.com

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