Australia backs boost for surfing scene at Arugam Bay, the premier Sri Lanka east-coast tourist playground
Australia is helping boost the booming surfing scene in Arugam Bay, the premier east-coast beach tourist playground in Sri Lanka.
Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson (pictured below) recently launched a surf-instructor training programme organised by Skills for Inclusive Growth program, an Australian government initiative.
Says a spokesperson: “This project is designed to strengthen the tourism value chain by providing an adequate supply of skills and international recognition to the Surf Coaches and Instructors at Arugambay.”
The aim is to “increase the income of 28 informal surf coaches and instructors” by improving skills in surf instruction, beach lifesaving, aquatic first aid and emergency response.
It will also strengthen improve service standards to meet visitor expectations while developing partnership with tourism associations and hoteliers.
The program is backed by the International Surfing Association, and the successful participants will be awarded international standard certification.
The Sunday Times reports that the Chamber of Commerce will implement and partner to establish this project.
The tourism association and the Sri Lanka Federation of Surfing Associations will also be supporting it to ensure a successful implementation.
“Pottuvil Provincial Council Chairman, Divisional Authority representatives, Arugambay Surf Club, United Surf Club and other stakeholders were present at the launch.”