Albufeira says it is only municipality in country with year-round surveillance at beaches along town coast
Albufeira Municipal Council has announced that the three beaches located along the town’s coast will boast year-round supervision following a reworked protocol with the Albufeira Association of Lifeguards (ANSA).
A surveillance post manned by a lifeguard is due to be set up covering Praia do Peneco, Praia dos Pescadores and Praia dos Alemães all the way to the nearby breakwater.
Albufeira Mayor, José Carlos Rolo, has highlighted the “huge importance of the initiative, which will contribute to attract tourists all year long.”
According to the local council, Albufeira is the only municipality in Portugal to offer year-long supervision at beaches that are located along urban areas.
By ensuring that the beaches are safe to use outside the summer season, the municipality will allow holidaymakers to enjoy them 12 months a year, he added.
Cristiano Cabrita, the Deputy Mayor who pitched the idea, stressed that Albufeira has one of the longest bathing seasons in Portugal, running from May 15 to October 15.
“We are aware that we have all the conditions needed to welcome tourists all year long and safety is one of the main reasons they choose to come here,” Cabrita said.
In order to handle this new responsibility, ANSA will hire three or four lifeguards to supervise the beaches as well as municipal pools.
As the municipal council points out, ANSA regularly works alongside the local council on several projects and conducts water rescue training events and lifeguard courses.