Wanted: Female Lifeguards in Bahrain

Posted on June 22, 2009


muslima lifeguardOpening the GDN this morning I see another tragic drowning has happened yet again, this time a 9 year old boy. The government here is pushing for lifeguards to be on duty at all public pools and recommends that there should always be an adult who can swim supervising children in private pools. According to the article there is resistance to this because

“…families and pool owners said the presence of men at poolsides would be an invasion of privacy and go against Islamic traditions”

OK, so why not employ female lifeguards then? Just as we are seeing more and more female Bahraini taxi drivers wouldn’t it be great to see Bahraini women training to be internationally accredited lifeguards. Just a thought.