Local people and tourists drown on Gambian beaches each year. The strong Atlantic currents take them by surprise or they overestimate their swimming skills. The lifeguard volunteers patrol the beaches, trying to keep everybody safe. They are stationed at specific points along the beach in the Tourist Developmental Areas. The Red Dolphins are a charitable association and depend on tips, aid and donations. They work throughout the season with no pay keeping people safe in the sea. They rely on tips but people tend not to tip lifeguards because they assume that they are paid.
You can help lifeguards locally by introducing yourself and showing your support. Any donations you make will be gratefully received because they are unpaid. They need to sustain themselves in their daily life and find it hard to make ends meet. Please do not feel shy about chatting to your lifeguards and getting to know them better, they all like to talk about the association and are all working towards improving its status. The lifeguards are also in need of more equipment, such as first aid materials and rescue equipment which is in very short supply.
You can also help them through this platform by donating a small amount as a token of thanks for their work this year. Please show these guys you appreciate their efforts by making a donation and following them on Facebook: