Gran Canaria hosts the III International Security, Emergency and First Aid Congress

A total of 29 universities, university hospitals and professional entities from four countries will directly support, with the review and endorsement of the scientific committee, the ‘Gran Canarian 2019. III International Security, Emergency and First Aid Congress’.

This has been reported by the organization in a statement in which it adds that the appointment will be held from 26 to 28 April at the Real Club Victoria in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

It is a forum that will locate the archipelago as a world benchmark and international laboratory in the investigation and prevention of drowning by attracting speakers from eight countries to the capital – Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom–.

Under the slogan ‘Quality from Prevention and the First Intervention’, the ‘Gran Canaria 2019 SECS’ will bring together the world’s most renowned experts in this field, which represents a unique opportunity for updated training for professionals in the security services , health, emergencies and first aid

For its part, ‘Canarias 1500 km of Costa’, a pioneer platform in the EU in creating an audiovisual campaign for the prevention of water accidents, and the Research Group on Aquatic Activities and Lifeguarding (GIAAS) of the University of A Coruña, together with ADEAC-Blue Flag, consolidate in this way their collaboration in the fight against drowning in the planet and in the efforts to achieve the highest possible level in the training of the professionals involved.

During the International Congress, which has the sponsorship of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the Department of Tourism and Economic Promotion and City of the Sea of ​​Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Royal Victoria Club, relevant papers and research will be presented in the form of papers with open debates with the speakers and workshops will be organized in the classroom, in open spaces and at sea, which aim to provide practices of great interest to all attendees.


For its part, as an inaugural action and to make visible the need for first-aid training for citizens, on Friday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 300 students will concentrate on the beach of Las Canteras to participate in the workshop ‘RCP to the Reach of All’.

Also, members of the National Police, Red Cross, SEMES, UME, Guardia Civil, 112 Canarias and SUC will train students in first aid and deploy material they use for rescue and emergencies.

In addition, a company of actors will make a theatrical performance with puppets to preschool children, being a work that aims to launch the message of the need for prevention and aquatic safety.

From the organizing committee of the Congress point out that those interested in registering have to contact:


The organization explained that this congress is aimed at professionals in the area of ​​first aid, security – Local Police, National Police, Civil Guard -; professionals and volunteers from the healthcare and emergencies field – doctors, nurses, emergency and emergency services technicians, 112, firefighters, rescuers and civil protection – and media professionals.

Likewise, the lectures and workshops are also recommended to graduates in Medicine, Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, Nursing, Safety and Emergencies, as well as to students of the Degrees in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Health, Nursing, Security and Emergencies.


Finally, experts from Italy, the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal or Spain itself, among others, will participate as speakers and monitors of the workshops.

Among these, the anesthesiologist, Joots Bierens, co-founder of the International Drowning Research Alliance (IDRA) stands out; the pediatrician of the University of Washington, Linda Quan, considered the number one in the world in drowning, prevention and pediatric resuscitation; or David Szpilman, author of the ‘Szpilman Survival Chain’ that bears his name and director of the Brazilian Aquatic Rescue Society.

Also, the organization has highlighted the participation of the professor of the University of A Coruña, José Palacios, author of the first thesis on drowning carried out in the EU and a world reference in training and research on this phenomenon; and the Spanish scientist of NASA, Antonio Ibáñez de Alba, engineer inventor of the first ‘anti-drowning pool’ in the world.