Safety tip beach signs installed

Joseph Russel, Chairman Woodfordhill Village Council, next to one of the signs
Joseph Russel, Chairman Woodfordhill Village Council, next to one of the signs

In a concerted effort to create visitor safety at beaches, particularly on the north east coast of Dominica, the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) collaborated with the National Cooperative Credit Union Ltd (NCCU) as a major sponsor, to install four safety tip signs at Batibou Beach, Number One Beach, Woodford Hill Beach and Pagua Beach.

These areas were selected following unfortunate incidents with visitors at these locations. Other partners involved in the planning included community groups and tourism service providers in these locations along with the Physical Planning Division, among others.

The signs use DDA’s signature brand colours to represent blue for water and green for land and the safety tips vary depending on the location. All signs welcome persons to the beach and note to be mindful of surroundings, use certified tourism service providers, and to take note of the types of ocean currents present and other weather conditions that impact on adjacent rivers.

At Pagua Beach, visitors were advised not to swim.

DDA is optimistic that the signs will impact positively and ultimately reduce incidents at these locations.

The NCCU is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Tourism and DDA by sponsoring safety signs for ensuring visitor safety at beaches in Dominica.  This will certainly help improve the visitor experience at our lovely beaches.

As a leading financial institution which contributes significantly to Dominica’s economic and social development, the NCCU supports the said Ministry and DDA in its efforts to attract 90,000 visitors by 2015.

A positive overall experience will certainly push visitors to return and to tell others about the island.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 19, 2013

    only now? we lucky the government not yet been sued by the families of those who died in the unfortunate accidents.

  2. h
    August 18, 2013

    great starting keep it up

  3. M.Carbon
    August 18, 2013

    Good start….guards is still required. :-D

  4. Do Not edit
    August 18, 2013

    what about the robberies?

  5. Anonymous
    August 18, 2013

    Its a good move but i am very surprised that all these sponsors have come on board and no one has any numbers to call in case of emergencies such as ambulance,police stations or even the village council of the communities in the area this needs to be addressed.thanks in advance get it right

  6. Anonymous
    August 18, 2013

    How about thieves stealing your stuff, also choudia pool which to many Dominicans don’t know about they need signs there to, it is nice there but sings are required.

  7. August 17, 2013

    Hey Dominica, SAFETY FIRST.

  8. sign titou
    August 17, 2013

    Titou gorge is the number one priority in terms of drounding possibility, put a sign there quickkk, pleaseee

  9. birdy
    August 17, 2013

    sometimes I wonder what the hell the people at DDA get big salary for Viilage councils can do just that I dont know if they just like to be in the news so people can say they are working pleaseeeeeeee commonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  10. Justice and Truth
    August 16, 2013

    This is a start to place signs in those area. We hope more signs will be placed in all areas.
    I am not being negative by stating, when those crooks observe the signs, they may direct their evil attention and intention toward other areas.

  11. B.E. B.
    August 16, 2013

    Mr. J.A Roussel I know that u and the community means well but I know all those vacerbons we have roaming ur beaches are going to vandalize these signs.Nonetheless, a good way to go

  12. say it loud
    August 16, 2013

    Like one person said, the beach should be open at nine in the a
    m.and close at 6:00pm and there should be security there at those times.

  13. August 16, 2013

    @ EMIL TI KWEN. That was well said, common sense should tell them all the beaches need signs gosh man.

  14. lee
    August 16, 2013

    Very good idea protect the visitors, its good to alert them.

  15. A Voice
    August 16, 2013

    Man just have beach patrols. Dominica is quickly becoming a favorable tourist destination.

    We should have people on these beaches doing patrol, clean up, and emergency duties on these beaches. You have to spend money to create a good product.

  16. lookkicksBoy
    August 16, 2013

    Boy all you people not easy :-D :lol: :lol: :lol:

  17. Ohhh Dominica!
    August 16, 2013

    But Discover Dominica do not need sponsors to do these things. This is a good project to use all the wasted resources on.

    We do not need the fan fare people, just go on and take whatever measures need to be taken to protect lives.

  18. Emil Ti Kwen
    August 16, 2013

    When we put up signs for the sake of safety and security, we should not do things half-way. There is no mention of signs at the places that I am going to mention. Recently a Venezuelan drowned at Castle Bruce bay. A Frenchman drowned at Titou Gorge. A Chinese male drowned at the mouth of the Layou and in the same incident another Chinese male disappeared in the same place. There has also been drownings or disappearances at a hidden beach below Morne Jaune. Another place to be aware is Boute Sabre at Laplaine where an American named John Archbold almost drowned. He was saved by a Laplaine man. To show his thanks for his rescue, Mr. Archbold erected a Medical Clinic for the use of the villagers. I might have missed some more dangerous sites. If you are putting up sites, put sites in all the places in which we have had drownings or which we deem hazardous. Thanks for your efforts and do a 100%job.

    • August 16, 2013

      @ Emil Ti Kwen ,It can’t be said better,You have written what I have in mind,Dominica also been backward on safety same as our roads,Signs should be in place every areas the public lives in danger.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 16, 2013

      We expect in time additional signs will be placed in those areas you mentioned. You should inform the authorities about these areas.
      This gentleman is extremely grateful that a La Plaine man saved his life and rewarded them with a Medical Clinic. This is genuine gratitude. He is also a generous man.
      Hats off and appreciation to the La Plaine man who saved him from drowning.

    • August 17, 2013

      Agreed. I think warning signs should be posted at every location where people are most vulnerable because we never know exactly when incidents will occur.

      In any event, that is a FIRST STEP.

  19. Jayson
    August 16, 2013

    It’s a good start!

  20. August 16, 2013

    I applauded the effort but we don’t do things properly, the sign is too small….I can guarantee 80% of the tourist will not see the sign.

    • August 17, 2013

      Everyone should stop and read before proceeding. You should know we wont be able to see the sign in its actual size online, unless they had taken a CLOSE-UP picture if the sign.

  21. hmmm
    August 16, 2013

    OHHHHHHHHHH So by telling me that its a BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED BEACH.. I will be safe? Ahben who ever teach them people to write safety tips zor bien bon! ….SERIOUSLY?! THat’s a Safety tip?!

    • anon
      August 16, 2013

      How about Watch for Voleh!

  22. pinky
    August 16, 2013

    that’s welcoming news

  23. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 16, 2013

    Besides signs, all beaches in Dominica require a life guard on duy during peak use.
    We’re in 2013 and it’s time to get this done.

    • jeanbawi
      August 16, 2013

      Be real with the comments. How is one lifeguard going to patrol a fairly large expanse of beachfront; each beach comes with a fair amount to area. We are not talking about a pool!!

  24. support
    August 16, 2013

    its good that these signs are being placed on the beaches but i dont think that it will reduce or prevent the crimes that occur on the beacehs. because tourisim place an important roll in our economy we must take saftey of our visitors more seriously and so we need to deal with those that commite crimes against them severly. also its an opportunity for employment,put some well trained security officers on the beaches,put opening and closing hours for the beaches so that our visitors knows the safest times that they can use these beaches and for those that attack visitors put a minium 5yrs prison term with hard labour our a good weeping on the public squar and lets see what happens

    • August 17, 2013

      This is not the forum for this issue.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 19, 2013


  25. qstorm78
    August 16, 2013

    That’s a good start..

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