Education and training on the Portuguese legislation for Water Safety Quality Standards: Notes to improve Law 44/2004, in conformity with the "Portaria 1311/2006"

TitleEducation and training on the Portuguese legislation for Water Safety Quality Standards: Notes to improve Law 44/2004, in conformity with the "Portaria 1311/2006"
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsCosta, Mário, Pinto, N, Guimarães, MP, Nunes, R, Martinho, F
Conference NameWorld Conference on Drowning Prevention
Date Published09/2007
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationPorto, Portugal
Other Numbers03-13
Abstract

Due to its privileged geographic position, Portugal is notorious by its coast, climate and culture, both inviting and welcoming. Throughout the country a combination of maritime coast, beaches, rivers, swimming pools and aquatic parks serve Portuguese and tourists, satisfying different needs. These spaces are often used for work, sport or leisure purposes, and this usage is increasingly becoming year-round. Even though statistics support the need for more aquatic safety, an efficient and up-to-date legislation is still to be achieved, as well as its compliance with other national and international system standards.

Incongruities on the last attempt to reform the abovementioned legislation – Law 44/2004, replacing, under parliamentary unanimity, the older “1959 Law” – were identified.

The cited incongruities take the form of legal blanks that, however, can be corrected. In fact, the solutions proposed by AsNaSA Portugal regarding this issue, have already been incorporated on other Portuguese laws, namely those concerning the education and professional training in Water Safety Quality Standards.

This work aims at evidencing the cited blanks and to propose the respective solutions. Furthermore, a strategy to combine the quality standards in education with the water safety legislation will be recommended. This strategy is expected to heighten the quality of the Total Life Saving Service Plan, as designed on the AsNaSA Portugal “SInQSalvA Model”, a model fully endorsed by the Portuguese Education Ministry Department – “Portaria 1311/2006”.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze the framing, goals and blanked situations of the Portuguese legislation for Water Security and Safety in Sea and River Beaches – Law 44/2004.
  2. Understand why the Education and Training legislation for Water Security and Safety Technician (“Portaria 1311/2006”) demands for a revision of the Law  44/2004.
  3. To contribute for a better legally integrated structure of the Water Safety Total Plan Service, under Education and Training Quality Standards, by harmonization within EU, CPLP and Worldwide.
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