Beach Watching Lifeguards in Goa – a Responsible Job

A not so sunny sky, cool breeze sounds perfect for beach activities. But for those colorful umbrellas and parachute the sky would have looked dull. These are pictures from Candolim Beach.

Lifeguards in Goa

While all were relaxing there was somebody keeping a watch. Several lifeguards sat alert for the safety of beach goers. ‘What a wonderful job they are having!’ I thought. Beach Watching – Sit and watch the beach whole time and do the noble deed of rescuing people if in trouble. I would love to do it; only I don’t know deep sea diving. I have deep admiration for what the lifeguards are doing. Such beach jobs enables one to stay and enjoy the beach the whole day. However along with that comes the responsibility of saving people from dragging waves.

Lifeguards in Goa

Lifeguards in Goa

We must remember they can’t watch everyone! “Even the best lifeguards can miss something while watching a crowded beach with over 200 swimmers. Never assume that the lifeguards will do their job perfectly.” — Noah, a Jersey Shore ocean lifeguard for more than 10 years. They are trained to notice people who are struggling. And can easily distinguish between playful splashing from panicked swimming.

Beach Lifeguard

One of the beach lifeguard training organisations is Rashtriya Life Saving Society India RLSS (I). It has trained a large number of India’s Beach Lifeguards in locations such as Mumbai, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Kolkatta. These Beach Lifeguards operate under the banner of Surf Life Saving India and patrol beaches at Mumbai, Mangalore, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Puri (Orissa) and Digha (West Bengal).


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24 Responses

  1. Haddock says:

    Its not an easy job, being a beach guard.

  2. eileeninmd says:

    Lovely beach scenes, the life guards take their jobs seriously.. Great shot, have a happy day!

  3. Nice shots. You had me confused for a second… tomorrow is Friday! 🙂

  4. Jeevan says:

    Superb beach shots and colourful despite dull sky.
    I liked the yacht like watch tower! Indeed great job they do

  5. Reader Wil says:

    Yes the beachwatchers are admirable people.The sea looks sometimes very peaceful and inviting, but it can be treacherous and dangerous at the same time. Even the Dutch beaches can be full of dangers, although we have no sharks or crocs.
    Have a great week.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  6. So True.. a great work they do… and ys the splashes of colours have broken the monotony of the sky … nice shots as always… loved the second one a bit more… perhaps due to the momentum caught on camera 🙂

  7. Lovely shots that capture life on the beach.

  8. Sylvia K says:

    I love your captures for the day and even though the skies are gray and gloomy (just like ours here in the northwest lately), the umbrellas add the perfect touch of color!! The life guards do seem to take their job seriously which is as it should be! Thanks for sharing, Indrani, as always! Have a great weekend!

  9. Cloudia says:

    Ah the beach scene universal. Nice

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3

  10. Hilary says:

    It's a much coveted job for teens. They get the members of the opposite sex noticing them pretty quickly. Fine, colourful pics,

  11. D. Prabhu says:

    Lovely photos 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your goa visit 🙂

  12. The sun, sand, surf and ishare nice way for me to start my day 🙂

  13. Gattina says:

    I wished I would laying on one of the beach beds NOW !

  14. Carver says:

    The colorful umbrellas and the parachute brighten up the sky. Lovely scenes.

  15. Lovely Goan beech, easy does it.

  16. Lovely pics Indrani…….. Will soon plan to go there :-D!!! Tempted!!!

  17. I was in Goa in 2011.. you brought back fond memories!

  18. Wonderful images of Goa.

  19. Mridula says:

    Colorful pictures!

  20. Rajat Gaur says:

    Being a life guard is actually one of the most difficult jobs I can imagine. I appreciate you wanna do that. And nice photography by the way.

  21. Reminded of my trip to Goa. The para-sailing was amazing. Having said that the beach guards were present every where trying to help those around.

  22. Sudhir R says:

    First one is a beautiful picture!

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