A flyer containing bathing rules seen in a swimming pool in Munich, Germany, pointing out women may not be sexually harassed
A young victim loved going swimming at the local pool in Vienna but now suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks after sexual assault
The SPD, Greens and the Left Party in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, support the proposal.
‘People with multilingualism can dispel misunderstandings faster’, said Left Party spokesman Özlem Demirel.
And the SPD – Labour Party – state parliamentarian integration expert Ibrahim Yetim added: ‘If there is a way to educate refugees to become lifeguards, that would be a great thing. It is important to give a perspective to the young refugees.’
But Cologne lifeguard chief Berthold Schmitt believes there is a ‘fundamental problem’ for refugees in 6000 indoor and outdoor and school swimming pools in Germany.
He said: ‘The ‘new people’, as we call them, have three problems: they speak no German, have no knowledge of German or European bathing culture, and most cannot swim.’