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Phuket Lifesaving Carnival in Patong next month

PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Lifesaving Carnival is set to return to Patong next month after the original event in July was postponed because of bad weather.

The carnival is now scheduled to take place on October 3.

Carnival organizers are hoping to attract between 40 and 60 international entrants and as many as 80 local participants.

Events will include a series of races, both in and out of the water, as well as a lifesaving competition.

The first carnival took place last year and building on its success, the 2009 event will feature an expanded program.

This year there are categories for all age groups, ranging from under-15s to over-50s.

A category for Thai nationals has been introduced as part of an effort by the organizers to promote water safety and skills within the local community.

The event is organized by The Phuket Lifeguard Club, a non-profit organization established in 2003 that conducts regular training programs for local adults and children in water safety, rescue, first aid and beach management skills.

Most club members are Thais trained to Australian Surf Life Saving standards who work for hotels as sea and pool lifeguards.

The carnival, based at Loma Park in Patong Beach, is sponsored by Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Patong Municipality, Phuket International Hospital and Absolute Resorts.

Anyone interested in sponsorship should contact Jayne MacDougall by email at jayne.macdougall@lemeridien.com.

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