The lifeguard and rescue service on the beaches of Sitges is being expanded this summer, with more personnel and equipment from 3 June to 15 October. The new contract for this service is already up and running and was launched before Easter.
The town’s local beach councillor Guillem Escolà said that ‘we will have more material resources, more surveillance infrastructure and more vehicles so that lifeguards can better carry out their work, as well as more human resources in the service of rescue, and with extended hours’.
During the high season (25 June to 4 August), the rescue hours are being extended from 10am to 7pm, with 31 lifeguards. From 10-24 June and from the 5-25 September (mid season), the schedule will be from 11am to 6pm with 27 lifeguards, while from the 3-9 June and the 26 September to 15 October (low season) there will be a rescue service between 12 noon and 6pm with 19 lifeguards. The low and mid season services will be extended by one hour each day, depending where the service is most required.
New this year is that a lifeguard and rescue team will also start working from 1 May each season until the start of the full summer season. This group is made up of four lifeguards with a six-hour day to ensure the safety of the beaches on a daily basis, and with a vehicle and a motorbike. Also new is that the beaches of Cala Ginesta and Cala Morisca will have a rescue service from the mid-season (10-24 June and 5-25 September). All rescue personnel will include doctors.
Escolà said that ‘we want to continue to increase safety in the aquatic environment and have also planned days with volunteer firefighters to acquire training in rescue at sea’.
The town council is also working to create a Sitges Beach Safety Plan that will be operational before the start of the season on 3 June, to monitor and reduce the response time of emergency medical teams, where necessary.