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ABOUT
US

Santa Teresa Lifeguards are trained and dedicated to provide safety to the people that enjoy the beaches of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Our organization was born in 2015 as a community response to 2 incidents that resulted in 3 drowning deaths on our beaches. Currently our community is one of the most important tourist and surfing destinationsOur currents, tides and strong waves can cause problems for even the most experienced swimmer or surfer. So we have a huge responsibility to keep our beaches safe.

OUR HISTORY

In 2014, after a tragic incident, a group of foreign lifeguards, led by Matias Etchenique, organized to form a team to train and guard the beaches during high tourism seasons. The initiative gained momentum in 2015, after a second tragic event; at this point the community had become aware of the need to have a lifeguard service, as previously local surfers had responded to emergencies, however, it was not a situation that could be left to chance. As Easter approached, a beloved community member, Thomas Richie, took the initiative to build 4 lifeguard towers, located at the most dangerous points on the beaches. Community members received training and after a long and arduous week of preparation were ready to collaborate. The Chamber of Tourism, along with the movement's leader, took on the task of bringing together the most experienced local lifeguards to provide organized surveillance service in the towers during Easter Week 2015. 

 

In May 2015 the Aquatic Rescue Course was held, given by the National Association of Lifeguards, allowing us to have 15 local lifeguards, and the program was strengthened with qualified human resources.

 

MEET
OUR TEAM

This our team- joyful and proactive people

who work for better and safer community

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TOMAS RITCHIE

CO. FOUNDERS / WATERMAN

It is not easy to explain in few words but Thomas could be saint of Santa Teresa. He ceeps us dreaming, supportive and inspiring!

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ALISE LECE

HEADQUARTERS MANAGER

Thanks to Alice, who has joined our team from Latvia and is number 1 in fulfilling the responsibilities assigned to her, our volunteers have no difficulty in adapting to STLG.

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MATIAS ETCHENIQUE

CO. FOUNDERS / LIFEGUARD

Matías, the man the myth the legend! If it wasn’t for his vision and passion Lifeguards Santa Teresa wouldn’t be what it is today.

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BERNARDO PRO

LIFEGUARD

Captain’s right hand for beach duties and for the volunteer lifeguards he is like a big brother.

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GABY MERINO

VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR

Gaby is the female power that stands behind our team and supports of all our volunteers and gym members with her energy and sincerity.

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NICOLAS ESCALA

PERSONAL TRAINER

Nicolás is in process to become a lifeguard, he grew up playing in beaches around Santa Teresa. Now he is dedicating his time to work in our gym and always happy to workout and share his love for calisthenics with people who come to the gym.

DONATE TO
US

With your contributions we can strengthen and improve our management

on the beaches of Santa Teresa. Your support is essential for safer beaches.

DONATION INFO / SANTA TERESA LIFEGUARDS

NAME

LEGAL NUMBER

IBAN NUMBER

DOLLARS ACCOUNT

COLLONES ACCOUNT

CLIENT NUMBER

DETAIL

Asociación​ de Guardavidas Playa Santa Teresa

3 - 002 - 772620

CR 88 0151 1912 0020 0288 92

200 - 01 - 191 - 003466 - 0 

200 - 02 - 191 - 002889 - 5

300277262000

Donación Guardavidas de Santa Teresa

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Thanks to the support of generous hands.