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Bahamas Lifesaving Association Formed
By Latrae Rahming
Jul 4, 2013 - 1:38:05 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The officers of the Bahamas Lifesaving Association are proud to announce the recent formation of our newly formed agency.  The Bahamas Lifesaving Association will serve as the Bahamas authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. BLSA will lead, support, and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, and lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. The Bahamas Lifesaving Association is be professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. BLSA will works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means. The goal of the Bahamas Lifesaving Association is to improve the quality and accessibility of Health & Safety programs to the public.

The Bahamas Lifesaving Association (BLSA) will act as an educational association that will be one of the largest sponsors of health and safety training programs in the Bahamas. After our establishment, we will issue over certifications in health and safety areas. The BLSA’s operational policies and procedures for our certification programs, and the certification and training of our instructors, both meet national and international industry standards.

 BLSA will remain dedicated to providing quality, instructional, participant-centered programs. BLSA's overall strategy for skill development is simple: regular review, repetition in a relaxed positive environment, self-discovery, cooperative learning and joint assessment of knowledge and skills. Our program-development process draws on the talent and experience we have of leading recognized experts in the lifeguard profession, along with outside consultants from various national health and safety organizations, together with diligent research, to ensure that the program content and guidelines used in our programs are safe and meet current national standards.

Our agency has already received international assistance from both the United States Lifesaving Association and the International Lifesaving Association to ensure the Bahamas is adequately prepared and meets the qualification to join the General Assembly of the International Lifesaving Association along with other countries in the region. The BLSA will begin the training of water rescuers in conjunction with international partners in our joint efforts to reduce the Bahamas dependence on the international community ,we share the belief that our entity will provide employment opportunities and training for young Bahamians.  Although many challenges remain, BLSA will position its self to take the difficult but necessary steps towards stability and development under the leadership of President Latrae Rahming and our officers.

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