The Gambia

The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in the world, yet it has a big international tourism market.There are drownings in two major groups: local children and fishermen, and local and international tourists.  

The people of The Gambia are currently trying to tackle these two strands of drowning with little or no resources. The Gambia is one of several African countries we are working with to help reduce deaths by drowning – the World Health Organization estimates that Africa has the highest continental drowning rate in the world.

Africa has a major drowning problem, and we’re committed to help tackle this. By working with willing volunteers in countries like Senegal and the Gambia, we can establish really strong coastal lifesaving services, with highly trained lifeguards who know how to respond, rescue people and, most importantly, save lives

The difference we’ve made

Volunteer lifesavers from Banjul, the country’s capital, first approached us for training and advice in 2013. Building on our experience in countries such as Senegal, we gave vital first steps in lifeguard training and helped sow the seeds of a sustainable and effective lifeguard service for the area.

In December 2013 two RNLI trainers worked with the Red Dolphin Life Guard Association to train 29 new lifeguards. By the end of the first week, we’d already identified six local lifeguards who will be central to delivering the next phase of training to new recruits themselves.