Scuba Schools International partners with Lifeguard Academy Maldives to provide Lifeguard training programs for tourists and local facilities.
Since 2018, Scuba Schools International (SSI) has been working hard within the Maldives to train lifeguards and improve in-water safety for tourists and local facilities that offer in-water activities. The main goal has been to improve water safety at beaches and public swim areas, as well as to provide additional career opportunities for Maldivian youth.
The SSI lifeguard program was created by SSI with the help of international training director Michael Schroeder. This program has the highest level of lifeguard training available, includes the most important skills required by most countries and is recognized in many countries at a national level.
A recently implemented regulation (nr. 2020/r-27) from the Ministry of Tourism states that all tourist facilities which offer in-water activities must have lifeguards on duty and emergency plans in place. SSI, together with Lifeguard Academy Maldives, have put together a plan of action to see that as many facilities can get their staff trained ready to meet this deadline.
Starting on 15th March 2021, the SSI Lifeguard program will include a theoretical part translated into Dhivehi, along with the SSI React Right course - which covers all emergency first and secondary aid training.
With an easy-to-use app and high-quality lifeguard training materials, students can start to learn at their own pace at home in preparation for the course.
During the course, there will be classroom learning and a lot of in-water practice and drills to make sure that each candidate is able to perform every skill at the highest standard. Students must pass all parts of the course in order to obtain the SSI Lifeguard rating. They must also continue to train throughout the year and participate in an update to prove their fitness and rescue abilities every two years.
As this is something new for many tourist operations, Lifeguard Academy Maldives is offering a consultation service for resorts and local tourist facilities to:
All training will be conducted using the latest technology and high quality rescue equipment. Additional rescue seabob/jet ski training can be provided for those facilities that use or require the use of rescue seabobs/jet skis to keep their visitors safe.