The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced Sunday, July 1, that it has conducted a water search and rescue (WASAR) training for 28 surfers and surfing instructors in La Union to help them improve their skills and boost the tourism in the province.
The surfers underwent a WASAR training from July 25 to 30 in San Juan town through the help of the personnel of PCG District Northwestern Luzon.
During the five-day training, the PCG said surfers and surfing instructors were taught to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), underwater knot tying, lifesaving techniques, rescue approaches, and one-mile endurance swim in simulation exercises.
Commodore Inocencio Rosario Jr., commander of PCG District Northwestern Luzon, urged the local surfers to keep improving their skills so they can continue ensuring the safety of residents and travelers, and boost local tourism in the area.
The PCG said that the training was held in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the local government unit of San Juan, La Union.
Located in northern Luzon, the town of San Juan in La Union is dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the North” due to the availability of beautiful resorts where travelers can enjoy surfing.