Pakistan Life Saving
While most lifeguard units around the world date back to the late 1800′s or early 1900′s, Pakistan is one of the few countries, that until June 2004, did not have a professional lifeguard service in place.
Therefore, owing to the large number of drownings (average drownings being 250+ per annum), Pakistan Life Saving (PALS) was established in December 2003. The vision behind the organisation was to provide a comprehensive life saving infrastructure along the 35 km stretch of popular beaches of Karachi.
PALS became formally associated with the New Zealand Life Guard Association (Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Northern Region – SLSNR) and is also a member of the International Lifeguard Federation (ILS). In June 2004, an 8 member SLSNR delegation visited PALS in Karachi to impart necessary training to over 200 potential PALS lifeguards in addition to Pakistan Navy divers and CDGK life guards. This was a great opportunity to train individuals to be expert life guards that are up to mark on current skill levels and trends worldwide.
As a result of this training and subsequent deployment of 150 life guards along the beaches of Karachi, PALS is providing critical public safety to users of Karachi’s popular coastline beaches.