Specifically, in the province of Las Palmas the Institution will provide social and health coverage in 13 beaches. On the island of Gran Canaria: beaches of Las Canteras, La Cicer, El Confital, Las Alcaravaneras and La Laja in the municipality of The Gran Canarian palms; beaches of Maspalomas, Del Inglés, Las Burras, San Agustín and Las Meloneras, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, and the beaches of El Puertillo and Los Charcones in Arucas. On the island of Lanzarote, in Playa Blanca, municipality of Yaiza.
While in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be present in 25 bathing areas. On the island of Tenerife: Beaches of Roque de las Bodegas, Almáciga, Benijo, Las Gaviotas and Las Teresitas, and swimming pools of the Maritime Park, in the municipality of S / C of Tenerife; Radazul, La Nea and Tabaiba beaches in The rosary, Punta Larga, Alcalde, Olegario, Los Guanches and Caletillas beaches in Candelaria, El Puertito and El Socorro in Güímar, El Médano, La Tejita, El Chinchorro and Leocadio Machado in Passion fruit, and La Arena beach in Buenavista del Norte. In La Palma: beaches of Puerto Naos and Charco Verde, in the municipality of The Plains of Aridane, and in La Gomera, on the beach of San Sebastián and La Cueva, in San Sebastián de la Gomera.
In this regard, the Red Cross wants to thank the trust of the different municipalities that have arranged this service with the Institution, which is endorsed by the ISO 14001 Certificate of the Environmental Management System and the ISO 9001 Certificate of the Quality Management System, of the AERNOR entity, for the activities of the provision of prevention, rescue, first aid, health care and assisted bathing services on the beaches of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, thus offering citizens greater security and protection.
During this holiday, the Institution considerably increases its usual human and material resources, the hours, days and places of coverage, in order to meet the increase in bathers.
For it, Red Cross has a team made up of more than 170 people hired, between lifeguards, doctors, nurses, drivers, social workers, etc., and many other volunteers that enhance the service and carry out complementary activities that give added value to this service. It also has a large amount of material resources, such as aid stations, surveillance chairs, boats, jet skis, quads, ambulances, various rescue equipment (cans, rescue tubes, lifebuoys, rescue bags, aquatic immobilization equipment, spinal boards), communication equipment (portable transmitters), first aid material, semi-automatic defibrillators, etc.
To this work, social assistance is added through devices to facilitate the adapted bathroom of people with disabilities or reduced mobility, which is also a help for their families, who can enjoy a rest in the best possible conditions. During this Holy Week, the Institution offers this service in 15 beaches in the Canary Islands, specifically, in the Tinerfeña province: Parque Marítimo and beaches of Las Teresitas, Radazul, Punta Larga, El Médano, Puesto Naos, Charco Verde and San Sebastián. In Las Palmas: El Puertillo, Playa del Inglés, San Agustín, Meloneras, Maspalomas, Las Canteras and Playa Blanca. For this, amphibious chairs, crutches and life jackets are available, among other resources.
Red Cross in the Canary Islands carried out 3,318 attentions during the last beach season (between June 21 and September 15). Most of the assistance has been of a health nature (2,051), which includes care for bites, sprains, dislocations and erosions.
Beach contingency plan
The Red Cross staff, whose maxims are always to prevent accidents and save lives, have adapted their work based on the protocols against COVID-19 and the evolution of the pandemic. Other tasks have been added to the usual tasks that the lifeguards already had, such as supporting and carrying out beach planning tasks, always in coordination with the different municipalities, in order to contribute to the safety and proper functioning of the services.
The Contingency Plan against COVID-19 established by the Red Cross includes these new functions, which make the Organization’s staff ‘agents of awareness against the virus’, contributing to the dissemination of advice and prevention messages, or supporting in the maintenance of social distance or the capacity established in the different spaces. In addition, it includes specific security protocols for the Organization’s staff.
Bet on prevention
The Red Cross intervention also includes preventive actions, in order to avoid accidents such as heat stroke, sunburn, drowning, heat stroke, digestion cuts or injuries caused by marine animals.
Likewise, the environmental component is also an intrinsic feature of the Organization’s Beaches Program. Both the management of the waste that it generates in its daily work on the beaches, as well as the surveillance and defense of the environment, are a key part of its intervention.
Red Cross wants to remember some tips to go to the beach and swimming pools this Easter:
Bathe only in beaches and pools with lifeguard service and within surveillance hours.
Always follow the directions of the lifeguards.
Find out about the rules established by each beach.
Avoid crowds by staying in the delimited areas.
Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently or use sanitizing gel.
In and out of the water, keep a safe distance (2 meters).
The use of the showers is individual.
Always protect yourself from the sun.
Drink water frequently.
Take care of the environment and deposit waste in the right place.
If you go with children, share these guidelines and do not lose sight of them at all times.