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Surf Lifesaving

Red flag

In 2003, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department made a move to outsource the life-saving service in two of its public swimming pools, but it was scuttled by a strike by the lifeguards.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:58pm

Agreement to hire extra lifeguards averts strike

Beach-goers and swimmers can breathe a sigh of relief. Lifeguards agreed to a last-minute deal with the government for extra staff and called off a strike planned for tomorrow.

The Hong Kong and Kowloon Life Guards' Union claimed victory yesterday after the Leisure and Cultural Services Department agreed to hire an extra of 50 lifeguards this summer to ease workloads.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Lifeguards to strike on Sunday's sports day

Lifeguards at Hong Kong's pools and beaches will go on strike on Sunday, to back their calls that a further 400 lifeguards be hired, their union announced yesterday.

Sunday is the city's official Sport For All Day, when free recreational and sports programmes are organised and most fee-charging sports facilities waive their charges.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Duo on rescue mission

For many of us, lifesaving is a job carried out by the life guards at a swimming pool or beach. Yet Form Five students Mak Chun-yin, of Kwun Tong Maryknoll College, and Fanny Chung Kwok-hoi, of TWGHs Lui Yun Choy Memorial College, in Tseung Kwan O, perform lifesaving as a competitive sport - focusing on carrying out skilful rescues as fast as possible.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lifeguards protest over lack of staff

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Lifeguard saves teen from drowning

A 15-year-old was saved from drowning in a swimming pool in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. He was with two friends in the 3-metre to 3.5-metre deep area of the main pool at 11.30am when a lifeguard saw he was in trouble. He was taken conscious to Ruttonjee Hospital and was in serious condition last night. There were 11 lifeguards on duty when the incident occurred.

24 May 2010 - 12:00am

Man feared drowned

A 59-year-old former University of Hong Kong lecturer is missing, feared drowned, after he ignored the red flags and big waves at Shek O Beach yesterday and went swimming. Rescuers were still searching for Chan Siu-chow last night.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Young men and boats loom large in spate of drownings

Be careful if you are a male in your early 20s or close to this age and plan to join a boat trip, as most of the victims in a recent spate of drownings share these characteristics.

Out of the 11 cases reported since April, six of the victims were young men aged 18 to 26 - five of whom drowned after diving in for a swim during a trip on a leisure boat.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Against the tide

Hong Kong is not Australia, nor is it Hawaii, but it does, on occasion, have perfect conditions for surfing.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Woman, 41, drowns in public pool

Union, department differ over accounts of lifeguards on duty

A 41-year-old widow drowned in the training pool at a public swimming complex yesterday, leading to conflicting accounts about the presence of lifeguards at the time.

4 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Making waves

As typhoon Fengshen was sweeping up the coast in June, a group of youngsters was plunging into the waves at Shenzhen. Far from being thrill seekers, they were lifesavers from Hong Kong preparing for world championships in Germany, training with People's Liberation Army soldiers who were also going to compete.

5 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Sorry, the beach is out of bounds

New York

Some may complain about the heat and humidity of what is arguably New York's best season, but the outdoor cafes, movies under the stars and concerts on the grass may counter that. The city's 20km of beaches are the clincher. They hosted 16 million visitors last summer and are expected to exceed that figure this year.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Can more be done to help the elderly stay active?

I support the new pilot scheme funded by the Elderly Commission ('Academies for retirees launched', October 4). According to recent research, the happiness index of the elderly has been decreasing continuously over the past few decades.

6 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Multicultural sea change for icon of beach culture

Australian surf livesaving clubs recruit Asians and Muslims

They have been the embodiment of Australian beach culture for a century, as quintessential an icon as the bushranger and the jackaroo.

But surf lifesavers, who have rescued more than half a million people from the sea in the past 100 years, are undergoing a dramatic change of image.

8 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Pay rise to help buoy lifeguards

The government needs more than 800 seasonal staff this year and in-house training is offered

THE GOVERNMENT WILL increase the monthly pay of its seasonal lifeguards this year following trends in this esoteric sector where competition for qualified professionals is increasing.

6 Jan 2007 - 12:00am