June 8th, 2018

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WorldOceanDay 2017 - SEAfety First

The Belgian coastline - only 67 km long - is counting 82 manned rescue stations and therefore probably one of thesafest in the world for beach lovers. Rescuers, warning signs, flags and buoys ensure one cancarefree enjoy a day of sun, sea and beach. Nevertheless, beaches remain achallenging environment where danger sometimes comes from an unexpected angle. During theWorldOceanDay on the 8th of June in Oostende, Belgium and during summer pop-up activities along the coast, you will learn about one or more of the 13 possiblebeach hazards. Some occur more often and cause minor obstacles. Others are exceptional, but may have serious consequences. At these events you will learn how to prevent these hazards as a beach visitor. And what to do if you get into a dangerous situation. Because a warned person is worth two, SEAfety First!

► We kindly invite everyone to WorldOceanDay on the 8th of June at CC De Grote Post in Oostende, Belgium for an evening-filling program including (in Dutch only):

  • Peter Troch, expert on tides, waves and currents (Ghent University)
  • Thierry Scissler, medical emergency doctor (hospital AZ St Jan campus Serruys Oostende)
  • a debate on beach hazards with Jan Bourgois (water sportsmen and environmental physicist, Ghent University) and Carl De Caluwé (governor of the Province of West-Flanders)
  • stand-up comedy by Claude Willaert
  • video testimonials by rescuers of the Intercommunal Coastal Rescue Service of West Flanders IKWV
  • a sea market with interactive demonstrations about various hazards and rescue activities by our partners

Check out the WorldOceanDay program in all details on the SEAfety First website:www.vliz.be/seafetyfirst (in Dutch only). Participation in WereldOceaanDag is free, but registration is required.

►During the months of June, July and August, SEAfety First will appear here and there along the Belgian coast. Our partners breed on lectures, activities, expo and guided tours.

Keep a watch on the website www.vliz.be/seafetyfirst (in Dutch) about what, how and when of these pop-up activities!




Organization Name
Flanders Marine Insitute (VLIZ), Westtoer, Province of West Flanders, SeaChange project
Organization Type
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
  • The event will touch on the following themes:
    Ocean science,Ocean governance
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


CC De Grote Post, Oostende, Belgium
Hendrik Serruyslaan 18a
Oostende, 8400 Belgium
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