Jaco beach Lifeguards
Jaco Beach visitors have been more aware of the standards of water safety at the start of the summer. According to Marvin Perez, Chief of the Jaco Beach Lifeguards, this has been the result of an effort to educate national and foreign tourist that began back in 2011 with the founding of the new body of Jaco Beach Lifeguards which operates today.
Three full-time municipal employees and several certified volunteers watch over 4 kilometers of the beach and ask swimmers to remember that safety measures can not be forgotten within and out of the water, despite the dedicated work provided by the Jaco beach lifeguards. “We have only three permanent staff members and whichever volunteers are available, so we ask the vacationers that they check out the shore line and study the risks before entering the water”, said Perez.
The lifeguards have also asked the hotels and shops along the beach not to put flags or banners and signs up without the previous consultation with the Jaco beach lifeguards to be sure they will not bathers and interfere with their emergency plan.
- Swim within the areas between the yellow and red flags. These are the areas are free of strong currents and within the reach of lifeguards.
- Look at the waves to see if there is turbulent water and foam, this can indicate strong currents in the area.
- Another sign of the presence of current is other bathers who are unstable of tossed around when walking in the water or trying to get out. This is a clear signal that they are being pullet by the currents.
- These are stretches of the beach that are safer than other spots. Ask the lifeguards where is the best to swim.
- Do not enter the water if you are drunk or under the influence of other mind numbing substances. Most fatal accidents occur because of this.
By The Jaco Journal
Lifeguards in Jaco beach / Trainning
Marvin Perez Perez / Salvavidas de Jaco