Later lifeguards

Despite the high number of qualified lifeguards this year, many will not be able to start working at the official start of the bathing season on June 1.

According to José Viegas from the Barlavento lifeguardS association, many trained lifeguards are students who only finish their courses in the middle of June.

Marques Ferreira, commander of the Algarve’s coast, said that it is a recurring problem but the situation always resolves itself.

He added that this year’s lifeguard courses had 20 per cent more attendees than in 2008, with many people who had abandoned the activity coming back again.