A foreign surfer works as lifesaver in Danang
Translated by Mai Huong/ QDND.VN
Tourists on the Danang Beach this summer would be watched by a rescue team of professional surfers, which is led by Katherine Waterhouse, an Australian woman, who considers Vietnam her home.
Ms. Waterhouse joined the Australian surfing-rescue team 13 years ago. She was eager to work abroad as a rescuer-volunteer. She is now in Danang, famous for its wonderful beaches.
Talking about her voluntary job, Katherine said that she would like to help some local people and foreigners establish a movement for surfing-rescue in Danang.
According to her, although there have been various rescuers on beaches and resorts, safety in swimming needs to improve and receive assistance.
People in the central region of Vietnam like swimming, however most of them, both adults and children, do not know how to swim, as a result, they are vulnerable to dangers at sea. Moreover, like Australian beaches, Danang Beach also has whirlpools, stretches and sand and deep ditches. Thus the establishment of a rescuer-surfer team is a need.
Surfing-rescue is among many voluntary projects organised in Asia, the Pacific and Africa with the presence of Australians.
On her blog, Ms. Waterhouse wrote that her current job in Danang has been interpreted as teacher for beach rescue. Although her program has received much support from the local people, it is still facing challenges, including approval from the Vietnamese Government for her program operating as a non-profitable organization. However, her enthusiasm does not fail.