Busua beach, only five hours from the Ghanaian capital city (Accra), will be home to SEA's initial program. The beach is highly populated and located on a beautiful but particularly rugged stretch of coast. This program will aim to provide proper education about swimming and surf safety to Ghanaians, as well as providing adequate surf lifesaving services on beaches. This will include:
Two volunteer lifeguards (one doubling as a camera-woman) travelled with Cara to Ghana in July 2012. Here they undertook a coastal appraisal and a massive research project. The aims of the coastal appraisal were to determine which beaches could double as operational sites, survey the coastal conditions and begin communication with schools in coastal areas. This was successfully completed as was the research project - a study of 350 Ghanaians which targeted the local knowledge about the ocean, the scope of the drowning problem and the reception to a potential education program. Keep a watch on this space for the results and reports from our coastal appraisal!
Check out our blog entries for more information and pictures about the trip!
This centre will primarily be targeted at children - who are at the highest risk of drowning - but will also be open to adults. By focusing on children, SEA hopes to promote generational change which will make Ghana's beaches a safe place for both work and recreation for future generations.