Sensitization workshop on child abuse in tourism for the new recruits of Dristhi

Centre for Responsible Tourism conducted a sensitization workshop on child abuse in tourism for the new recruits of Dristhi. Around 40 recruits attended the training.

Drishti Lifesaving provides professional lifeguard services on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa deployed across Goa. Over 700 trained lifeguards provide dedicated service across every single beach stretch of Goa and internal water bodies of Doodh Sagar and Mayem Lake. The company operates a Beach Safety Patrol providing beach marshals from sunset till midnight. The beach marshals focus on women’s safety, assist tourists and deter tourists from venturing into the ocean.

The service has led to a 99% reduction in deaths due to drowning and significantly improved the tourist experience in Goa. Over 3,000 lives have been saved due to intervention rescue operations.

All of Drishti’s lifeguards are trained and certified by the Special Rescue Training Academy an internationally accredited training agency. The lifeguards are revalidated on an annual basis and need to maintain a robust on job training calendar

Life Guards on the beach can help identify and report any form of child abuse on the beach. Their presence on the beach enables them to be watchdogs and report any abuse to children on the beach.

The recruits were made aware of how to identify abuses and what they could do if they came across cases of child abuse on the beaches.