San Gabriel beach in Alicante launches lifeguard service and accessible coasts are now operational

San Gabriel beach in Alicante launches lifeguard service and accessible coasts are now operational
San Gabriel beach in Alicante launches lifeguard service and accessible coasts are now operational

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 09:54

San Gabriel-Benalúa beach has launched its lifeguard and rescue service this Wednesday and will have all the services available like the rest of the urban beaches in Alicante.

The Councillor for Tourism, Ana Poquet, has highlighted that “from today Alicante has one more beach, San Gabriel-Benalúa, with the services of all the urban beaches in Alicante”. “We have already started the lifeguard service so that bathers can enjoy a peaceful swim and we have placed the flagpole that indicates the state of the sea at all times. In addition, the first walkway has been put in place, which will be followed by another one and in a matter of days the connection can be made to put the footbath into operation”, explained the councillor.

“So we are in luck, especially the local residents, the main users of this beach, who will have all the services available,” added Poquet. The lifeguard has a chair for watching and a hut where he can store his equipment, including the first aid kit.

The high season is now underway on Alicante beaches with lifeguard and rescue services from Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This year, after the new contract came into force, the annual hours have increased to 73,694 hours of service and 50 lifeguards distributed across all the beaches (San Juan with two first aid kits, El Postiguet, Urbanova, Albufereta-Almadraba, Doggy Beach-Aguamarga and Tabarca). The material resources have increased by two units to six jet skis, five rapid response vehicles (one car and four motorcycles), and complete medical equipment.

Accessible beaches

Furthermore, accessible beaches with adapted bathing areas for people with reduced mobility and recreational-educational areas for people with functional diversity are already operational in San Juan, El Postiguet, Urbanova and Tabarca.

The Alicante City&Beach Tourism Board provides this essential service to bring the beaches safely to all residents and tourists through a contracted company. As last year, cranes will be available on all accessible beaches to facilitate the transfer of bathers from the sand to the amphibious chair to enter the water.

The service will be provided on the beaches of San Juan, El Postiguet, Urbanova and Tabarca until 15 September with the following schedule: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the adapted bathroom and Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the recreational-educational area.

On these four beaches, users also have shaded areas with specially wide access walkways of 100 square metres, adapted toilets, showers and changing rooms, as well as adapted parking spaces on the beaches of San Juan, El Postiguet and Urbanova.

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