Thursday, April 25, 2013


The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Boracay-Malay Chapter in auxiliary capacity is augmenting or assisting the LGU Life Guards of Boracay to help and not compete in ensuring the safety of everyone.

In an interview with John Patrick Moreno, detailed Staff Nurse of the PRC Boracay-Malay Chapter, it was learned that the primary duty of Red Cross Life Guards is Beach Management, and life saving as the last resort.

He added that their primary areas of responsibility are those that are between the red and yellow flags at the beach front.

Their duty is Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 10am, and 4pm to 6:30pm and their mandate was officially started and implemented on November 16, 2012.

Moreno explained that Beach Management includes informing people to swim within the yellow and red flag areas so that they could be supervised by the Red Cross Lifeguards, telling people not to swim far away from shore and not to swim when there are strong waves.

Beach Management also entails instructing swimmers wearing life saving devices not to go far from the shore, bringing kids who are not supervised to their parents, telling hazardous swimmers or people who are wearing pants and/or t-shirts to remove their t-shirts and/or pants when swimming since these materials are heavy when wet and could pose danger.

People are also told under the PRC Life Guards’ Beach Management role to avoid swimming when there is a rip, when they are drunk, when there is lightning.

Moreno further added that there will be a Life Guarding event entitled “Festivals of the Wind” to be held by the PRC Malay-Boracay Chapter on May 17 and 18, 2013 and this will consist of “Lifeguard Competition” and “Ocean Swim and Adventure Run.”

 The event will be a form of Life Guarding demonstration.

Written and Contributed by: Rodel J. Abalus

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