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Aussies, Phuket lifeguards mark cooperation on water safety

Aussies, Phuket lifeguards mark cooperation on water safety

PHUKET: The Australian Consulate-General in Phuket last Friday (Feb 14) hosted an event to celebrate cooperation on beach safety, and the handing over of a children’s book relating a story highlighting water safety that has been translated into Thai and will be handed out to local Thai schools.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 18 February 2020, 06:22PM

Joining the event held at Patong Beach last Friday were Phuket Vice Governor Supoj Rotreuang Na Nongkhai and Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup.

Also in attendance were members of the Phuket consular corps, Phuket Hotels Association and Phuket Chamber of Commerce.

The event recognised the efforts of six Australian lifeguards from Surf Life Saving New South Wales who spent a week in Phuket training with their local counterparts and children.

Training team leader David Field said the week provided an opportunity for Australian trainers to work with local Thai trainers who delivered a high quality of instruction to eager trainees.

The event was also an opportunity to launch the Thai-language version of Thu-Trang Tran’s “Pirate Kim: Let’s go swim” – a children’s water safety story – supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Program.


The Australian Consulate-General will be distributing copies to local schools in coming months.

Capping off the day, Australian trainer Lachlan Field demonstrated the capabilities of Surf Life Saving New South Wales’ drone technology which broadcast audible warnings to beachgoers in Thai of potential dangers while hovering 100 metres above the sand.

As part of the event, Thai trainees completed a quick-paced rescue relay to show off their newly honed skills.

Australian Consul-General Matthew Barclay said the bond between Australian and Thai lifeguards was very strong.

“I am looking forward to more skills exchanges between lifeguards from Phuket and Australia in the future,” Mr Barclay said.

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Jor12 | 21 February 2020 - 16:19:34

@John... I know at least commentators who watch it.

Rorri_2 | 21 February 2020 - 11:27:03

John... or whoever you are, you asked the question, I simply replied, with an adequate answer, whether you like it, or not, is not my concern, but hey, you come across as Jor12... another one of his alias's..

JohnC | 20 February 2020 - 10:01:21

Rorri_2....Why would anyone with a functioning brain watch such garbage!

Rorri_2 | 19 February 2020 - 19:04:12

John.. go online and search for Bondi Rescue

JohnC | 19 February 2020 - 10:09:31

Just curious, but do the Aussie lifeguards also sit at their posts all day ignoring the tourists and playing with their dumbphones like their Thai counterparts?

Christy Sweet | 19 February 2020 - 09:51:17

Thank you Australian Consulate!! Now Thai tourist authorities must not advertise Phuket as a summer destination, and warn instead.  Every time the wind shifts  to west, I know someone will drown  because of  the riptide conditions.  

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