Thirteen (13) Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines attended the Lifeguard Certification Graduation Ceremony held at the Fox Hill Community Center this past week, on May 29, 2024.

These marines, along with cadets from the LJM Maritime Academy and other participants, were awarded certificates of completion for the American Lifeguard Association Course. In attendance to the event was Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Honourable Chester Cooper.

Chief Petty Officer Ian Hall who delivered the welcome remarks, expressed his gratitude to all he attendees and acknowledged the efforts of those who participated in and facilitated the course. Deputy Prime Minister Cooper then addressed the graduates, congratulating them on their accomplishment and expressed his hope to see them actively saving lives across the Bahamas.

The thirteen marines underwent a week of intensive training under the guidance of Lisa Nixon, the water safety ambassador instructor, trainer, and examiner. Their training included handling

active drowning victims and submerged passive victims, managing head, neck, or back injuries in the water, and learning essential first aid techniques such as Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use, and Basic Life Support (BLS).

Under Commodore Raymond E. King’s leadership, the Defence Force continues to enhance its security posture through professional training. By adopting a proactive approach, the Defence Force aims to strengthen its capabilities to address evolving challenges, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to safeguarding the nation with dedication and preparedness.

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