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Byline: Senegalese Idrissa (Idi) Ndiaye has started patrolling with RNLI lifeguards in Dorset for the summer season.
Page Content: As part of the charity’s international development programme, Idi has undergone rigorous training with the RNLI over the past year – both in the UK and in his home country of Senegal. Idi will return to Senegal in October to pass on his latest learning to other lifeguards back home.

In West Africa, Idi is a volunteer lifeguard and a former army rescue diver. Identified by the charity for his leadership potential, Idi was one of 14 international candidates to attend the bespoke ‘Future Leaders in Lifesaving’ course, which the RNLI ran for the first time last August at its headquarters in Poole. The course saw a group of representatives (including Idi and his colleague Moustapha) from lifesaving organisations around the world convene in the UK to learn from the RNLI how to manage and sustain their own organisations. During the course, Idi learnt about causes of drowning, the role of a lifeguard and equipment needed, how to write training programmes, and how to manage beach incidents and emergencies.

Idi and his fellow volunteer lifeguards received further training from the RNLI in December last year when two RNLI lifeguard trainers travelled to Idi’s home town of Dakar in Senegal to provide two weeks of rigorous lifesaving training, resulting in Dakar’s first dedicated lifeguarding service being established.

This summer, Idi will be patrolling Dorset beaches and delivering safety education programmes, working alongside the RNLI’s own lifeguards to help keep beach-goers safe. This will give him a vital insight into the daily running of a busy lifeguard service – from daily set-up and checks, to patrolling, offering advice to the public and carrying out and managing rescues.

Steve Wills, RNLI International Development Manager, says:

‘The RNLI’s international development programme aims to save some of the 1.2M lives lost to drowning around the world each year. By delivering training to people like Idi, we’re aiming to give others the vital skills they need to be able to set up and sustain their own lifesaving services.

‘Idi is a highly-motivated and professional lifesaver. It is less than a year since we first met him but, in that time, he has been through extensive RNLI training, both in the UK and in Senegal. He has already learnt a lot and, by patrolling with RNLI lifeguards this summer season, he will gain even more experience, which he can then share with his fellow lifeguards when he returns to Senegal. I have no doubt he will be a great asset to the RNLI this summer!’

Idi will return to Senegal at the end of the summer season and will pass on his most recently-acquired knowledge to his fellow lifeguards in Dakar, which the RNLI trained last December.  Idi will also help coordinate the next phase of the RNLI’s Senegal programme, which is planned for December.

This film, which features Idi, shows the lifesaving training the RNLI delivered in Senegal last December.

Notes to Editors
• Two photos are attached: One of Idi (left) and a fellow Senegalese lifeguard, and another of a group of lifeguards being trained by the RNLI in Senegal. Please credit RNLI/Mike Lavis.
• The RNLI’s international development work is self-funding. The work is funded primarily through overseas sales of consultancy, equipment and training to countries that require those services; and external / government funding where available. In time, the RNLI will begin to fundraise for specific international projects.
• RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the number below.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 or Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk.

Byline: Senegalese Idrissa (Idi) Ndiaye has started patrolling with RNLI lifeguards in Dorset for the summer season.
Page Content: As part of the charity’s international development programme, Idi has undergone rigorous training with the RNLI over the past year – both in the UK and in his home country of Senegal. Idi will return to Senegal in October to pass on his latest learning to other lifeguards back home.

In West Africa, Idi is a volunteer lifeguard and a former army rescue diver. Identified by the charity for his leadership potential, Idi was one of 14 international candidates to attend the bespoke ‘Future Leaders in Lifesaving’ course, which the RNLI ran for the first time last August at its headquarters in Poole. The course saw a group of representatives (including Idi and his colleague Moustapha) from lifesaving organisations around the world convene in the UK to learn from the RNLI how to manage and sustain their own organisations. During the course, Idi learnt about causes of drowning, the role of a lifeguard and equipment needed, how to write training programmes, and how to manage beach incidents and emergencies.

Idi and his fellow volunteer lifeguards received further training from the RNLI in December last year when two RNLI lifeguard trainers travelled to Idi’s home town of Dakar in Senegal to provide two weeks of rigorous lifesaving training, resulting in Dakar’s first dedicated lifeguarding service being established.

This summer, Idi will be patrolling Dorset beaches and delivering safety education programmes, working alongside the RNLI’s own lifeguards to help keep beach-goers safe. This will give him a vital insight into the daily running of a busy lifeguard service – from daily set-up and checks, to patrolling, offering advice to the public and carrying out and managing rescues.

Steve Wills, RNLI International Development Manager, says:

‘The RNLI’s international development programme aims to save some of the 1.2M lives lost to drowning around the world each year. By delivering training to people like Idi, we’re aiming to give others the vital skills they need to be able to set up and sustain their own lifesaving services.

‘Idi is a highly-motivated and professional lifesaver. It is less than a year since we first met him but, in that time, he has been through extensive RNLI training, both in the UK and in Senegal. He has already learnt a lot and, by patrolling with RNLI lifeguards this summer season, he will gain even more experience, which he can then share with his fellow lifeguards when he returns to Senegal. I have no doubt he will be a great asset to the RNLI this summer!’

Idi will return to Senegal at the end of the summer season and will pass on his most recently-acquired knowledge to his fellow lifeguards in Dakar, which the RNLI trained last December.  Idi will also help coordinate the next phase of the RNLI's Senegal programme, which is planned for December.

This film, which features Idi, shows the lifesaving training the RNLI delivered in Senegal last December.

Notes to Editors
• Two photos are attached: One of Idi (left) and a fellow Senegalese lifeguard, and another of a group of lifeguards being trained by the RNLI in Senegal. Please credit RNLI/Mike Lavis.
• The RNLI’s international development work is self-funding. The work is funded primarily through overseas sales of consultancy, equipment and training to countries that require those services; and external / government funding where available. In time, the RNLI will begin to fundraise for specific international projects.
• RNLI spokespeople are available for interview. Please contact RNLI Public Relations on the number below.

RNLI media contacts
For more information, contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 or Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk.