The La Misión- Rosarito trip is September 15-16, 2012. This trip is part of ISLA’s Project Baja California Lifeguard Exchange, an opportunity for all lifeguards and rescue personnel from around the world to share lifesaving skills and information and patrol the beaches with others. ISLA has partnered with the Tijuana Lifeguards and the Imperial Beach Lifesaving Association to organize this global lifeguard exchange program.
To learn more about this trip, past trips, and sign up on the Project Baja California Lifeguard Exchange trip, click here!
The Punta Abreojos trip is October 1-7, 2012. This trip is part of ISLA’s goal to create a permanent lifeguard agency in Punta Abreojos. In 2006, a volunteer lifeguard program and a beach safety program for school-aged children were started. Every year since its inception, volunteer lifeguards have traveled down the Baja peninsula to participate in developing the program. The result has been the training of multiple volunteer lifeguards and the annual participation of approximately 60 kids in the beach safety program.
The Abreojos Lifeguard Traning program is co-organized by ISLA and MEAPA (Mujeres en Accion Para Abreojos), to organize training sessions for the lifesaving program. MEAPA is an active group of local women that coordinate the Junior Lifeguard program each year. ISLA and MEAPA want to continue to build on the work of the past lifeguard volunteers and provide the additional training resources and equipment needed to ensure the success of the volunteer lifeguard program.
To continue the lifesaving progress, our ISLA lifeguards will travel to Punta Abreojos to offer training sessions in basic ocean rescue, provide basic rescue equipment, and work with the Junior Lifeguards on ocean safety and awareness. These steps are the building blocks for ISLA and MEAPA to establish a permanent lifeguard agency in Punta Abreojos.