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Swimming Pool Attendants, Fishermen, Retooled in Water Safety Skills :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Swimming Pool Attendants, Fishermen, Retooled in Water Safety Skills

Hassan Latif, a water safety coach attached to Masdar says that Busoga sub-region is still grappling with the challenge of managing drowning cases due to overloading of passenger boats and use of illegal boats during fishing activities.
Participants display skills of rescuing drowning victims.

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The Jinja zonal police’s marine unit, in partnership with Masdar Aquatic Safety Association, an umbrella body of divers operating across the different water bodies in the Busoga sub-region, on Friday trained 44 pool attendants, beach operators and fishermen on the different water safety skills. 

The training was organized following a spate of accidents recorded at both the swimming pools and different water bodies across Kiira policing region.

During the one-day training sessions carried out across both lake Victoria and Brisk Hotel’s swimming pool within Jinja city respectively; participants acquired skills in the proper use of life jackets, deep water diving abilities, and conducting cardiopulmonary resuscitation-CPR procedures after rescuing causalities of water-related accidents. 

Geoffrey Waiswa, a fisherman attached to the Masese landing site along Lake Victoria says that most of them learnt water safety skills informally from their colleagues, but following tipoffs from professional divers and police’s marine unit personnel, he is optimistic of voluntarily extending such knowledge to his colleagues within the fisheries industry. 

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Cue out…in safe hands,”//

Erick Mayinja, a pool attendant says that most swimming pools in Kiira police region, lack the necessary safety gear needed in the rescue of victims, which increases risks to the lives of clients during water-related accidents. 

Mayinja adds that there are managerial gaps at the different swimming pools, with most facility owners downplaying the relevance of instituting recommendable safety measures, yet pool attendants are liable for all accidents ensuing. 

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Cue out…not the boss,”//

Hassan Latif, a water safety coach attached to Masdar says that, Busoga sub-region is still grappling with the challenge of managing drowning cases due to overloading of passenger boats and use of illegal boats during fishing activities.However with routine refresher courses, fishermen and pool attendants alike are easily equipped with the necessary rescue skills. 

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Cue out…in Kiira region,”//

Meanwhile, the Jinja zonal marine police commander, Bruno Sande says that water safety campaigns are essential initiatives in reducing the cases of loss of lives registered during water-related accidents, since the bigger portion of the population, will have access to the precautionary measures and primary water safety skills.