Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD

Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD

The tiny village of Tamarin (population 4,000) in Mauritius is at it again, celebrating International Water Safety Day with an array of teachings, exercises, and a little bit of training!  Tamarin is located on the west coast of Mauritius  An old fishing village, Tamarin beach has become a hot spot for surfing.  The southern spot, ‘Dal’, and the northern spot, “Black stone” are world renowned. Thirty students, instructors, and volunteers gathered this morning.  The event was done in collaboration with the Tamarin Youth Centre, Tamarin Village Council, and Surf Lifesaving of Mauritius and sponsored by Rajesh Cooshna, President of the Tamarin Village Council and Viraj Ramharai, International Lifesaving Trainer and Water Wise Instructor.  Please see official press release below. Viraj continues to spearhead drowning awareness and water safety education throughout Mauritius.  He recently implemented the NLRI’s Water Wise program where the students help train the younger generation, as you can see in the pictures below. Next up!  From 1 June to 11th June  the Water Wise team will undergo intensive training for youth of Tamarin village.     Water safety lecture. Headed to the beach! Lifesavers should always properly stretch. Students Trainers training Students. Beach drills. Beach exercise. Mauritius PLAN! Mauritius Celebrates #IWSD More beach diving and drilling. PRESS RELEASE “TAMARIN VILLAGE CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL WATER SAFETY DAY 2016” Every hour of every day more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning. International Water Safety Day is designed to help spread global awareness of the ongoing drowning pandemic. The lack of water safety education has propelled drownings worldwide. Through interdependence, we can change that. Surf Lifesaving Association of Mauritius in collaboration with Tamarin Youth Centre and...
Mauritius WaterWise 400 (Tamarin Village)

Mauritius WaterWise 400 (Tamarin Village)

Mauritius is a small island nation off the coast of Southeast Africa, just past Madagascar.  Surrounded by water and with a population of over 1.2M, water safety is of utmost importance. Viraj Ramharai, Lifesaving Trainer and WATERWISE Educator, has consistently led the charge against drowning in Mauritius and Rodrigues.  Viraj and Mauritius celebrated International Water Safety Day last year by gathering school children on the beach and teaching them 10 Water Safety Rules and practicing lifesaving drills. Recently, Viraj has implemented the National Sea Rescue Institute‘s WATERWISE program.  The WATERWISE program is the NSRI’s educational initiative with a vision to proactively prevent drowning tragedies.  Using the acronym PLAN (Prepare, Look, Ask, Never) they gave them the do’s and don’ts of basic water safety education. One youth leader with one vision trains 25 youth leaders to reduce drowning in their village.  After the youth training, they went door-to-door to spread drowning awareness, flood preparedness, and water safety tips.  They went to individual homes and shops, introduced themselves, and provided some very helpful water safety information!  Over 400 people were reached in their home village of Tamarin including Mr. Rajesh Cooshna, President of Village Council. Viraj wishes to express a special thanks to Mr. Peter Bacon, the former Chairman of the NSRI, who was critical to the implementation of the WaterWise program in Mauritius.  Also, heartfelt gratitude to the Tamarin Youth Centre’s Mr. Steve Gungadeen and Ms. Deepa Boodhoo for helping organize this campaign.  Last but not least, many thanks to Mr. Roobun Marimootoo who was a big help in the WaterWise...