Life Saving Liberia (LSL), a life-saving training program founded in 2010 by a team of retired Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Coast Guard officers, held its second graduation exercise for 22 “trained life-savers” over the weekend.
According to the LSL founder and Executive Director, Captain Alfred S. Jones (Ret.) the program was so successful for the first batch of graduates, who completed the program on May 27 this year that most of them are now employed with the managements of various beach resorts as lifesavers and divers.
The training, Captain Jones said, was conducted by four professional AFL Coast Guard officers. The graduates are now first aid trainers, life savers or survivor-swimmers.
The graduates underwent training that included diving using oxygen tanks, swimming, and snorkeling.
Capt. Jones expressed appreciation to the Ministry of National Defense for assigning Coast Guard officers to train the students.
He said upon their graduation, some of the lifesavers will be assigned to the 43 beaches in Monrovia and its environs, including the Sunset Beach in Marshall, Lower Margibi County; the Maggi Beach in Banjor, Hotel Africa Road, Virginia, outside Monrovia; Libbassa; and Eco Lodge.
According to Capt. Jones, each of the graduates receives a lifeguard and search and rescue license to properly identify them as trained lifesavers or divers.
A few of the graduates, including Peter K. Weah and Exodus Gkornean, told the Daily Observer that they have been well trained and are confident that they can save those distressed at sea.
“We are trained to the extent that we can swim in the high seas,” Weah said.
Earlier, the guest speaker, Assistant Defense Minister for Coast Guard Affairs, Timothy B. Gbandoe, warned the graduates not to engage in acts that would misrepresent the good image of LSL.
He called on the graduates to develop passion for their profession rather than to seek for riches “because someone whose life is in danger at sea is not required (to make) payment.”
Friday’s ceremony brought together the Commissioner of Boys Scouts Association of Liberia, Foster Toe Robertson, AFL Coast Guard Instructor Sheriff Boima and the Commander, Liberian Coast Guard, Cephas T, Gboe, among others.