The Maldives government has announced seeking beach scouts for 19 local islands under the ‘Water Safety Program.’
The program is directed towards locally inhabited islands where these scouts will act as ‘safety parameters’ in countering incidents at the beach.
The joint program by Ministry of Tourism in association with Maldives Police Service and Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) will see to hiring beach scouts for all inhabited islands to ensure safety for beach-goers.
The first batch of islands for which the Ministry is seeking beach scouts include local islands with a minimum tourist bed capacity of 100. Under this criteria, the first 19 islands of the program include;
- Baa atoll Dharavandhoo
- Alif Alif atoll Rasdhoo
- Alif Alif atoll Thoddoo
- Alif Dhaal atoll Dhigurah
- Alif Dhaal atoll Hanyaa Meedhoo
- Kaafu atoll Dhiffushi
- Kaafu atoll Gulhi
- Kaafu atoll Guraidhoo
- Kaafu atoll Himmafushi
- Kaafu atoll Huraa
- Kaafu atoll Maafushi
- Male’ City
- Kaafu atoll Thulusdhoo
- Vaavu atoll Thinadhoo
- Laamu atoll Gan
- Addu City
As per the Ministry’s mandate the beach scouts will be responsible in delivering safety measures and instructions to tourists and beach-goers.
Moreover, the scouts will be responsible on monitoring the safety of beach-goers and their adherence to the set safety standards.
In addition to this, all beach scouts must be trained professionals in first-aid and CPR with basic life saving skills.
The sites at which beach scouts are set to be active will have safety equipment for emergencies and during incidents.