Mar 27, 2009
In the last week of February 2009, Budget Surfing Maldives has facilitated a 'surf survival course' in association with the Life Saving Association, Maldivian Surfing Association and the youth ministry.
A qualified instructor from New Zealand did this course, specifically geared towards surf guides. It involves first aid, CPR (on land and in water), rescue swimming, on board rescue, getting people in a boat and other stuff that is useful for surf guides in Maldives.
It's pretty much the beach life saver course without the big paddle boards and flag signals, stuff that surfguides won't need or use in Maldives. With an estimated 25-30 surfguides in the country,there is no denying that it requires some qualification to ensure the safety of foreign surfing guests, whether on boats or resorts.
It was a great success with 15 guys from Malé attending the 4 days course, only costing 300 Rfs. (25 USD. All guys got a diploma from the Ministry of Youth. Big thanks to Joel de Zwaan to organize and sponsor that course.