Timeline Goals

First Quarter 2012 Fundraising and planning
Second Quarter 2012 Cara Hammerton and two professional lifeguards (Nick Dawe and Bruce Hopkins) undertake the coastal appraisal trip for qualitative research. Fundraising continues in Sydney and Cara Hammerton will stay in Ghana to continue operational set up.
Second Half of 2012 Volunteers start arriving. Volunteers will be accepted from any country, although it is anticipated that initially most volunteers will be Australian. Volunteers will be required (at their own expense) to undertake a basic first aid course in their home country and should have a swimming teaching or lifesaving qualification (such as the AustSwim Teaching of Swimming and Water Safety). Before departure, volunteers will spend a week in Sydney with Nick Dawe who will put them through intensive training and will explain the approach and procedures of SEA. If this is not possible, this training will be undertaken by Cara Hammerton in Ghana. SEA will help volunteers organise accommodation on Busua beach, and will encourage the use of Ghanian ownded hotels and hostels. Volunteers will be required to cover the costs of their flights, insurance and living expenses. As living costs are minimal in Ghana, we will suggest volunteers make an optional donation of $100 to 150 per week, which will provide a continued source of income for SEA and will cover administration costs.
2013 Begin looking at expansion including;
  1. Setting up a surf club "buddy system" between Surf Lifesaving Clubs in Australia and the SEA operation in Busua with a view to encouraging communication between the countries and establishing an "exchange program" for young adults wishing to experience a different way of life.
  2. Sending fully trained lifeguards from Australia to Ghana to train Ghanians as professional lifeguards. This would not only assist in lowering the drowning rate in Ghana, it would also provide employment for locals.
  3. Expand operations to Ghanaian beaches beyond the immediate Busua region, such as cape Coast, Ada Foah, Kokrobite and Labadi.