How this co-owner pairs EMS training with saving lives.
Arianna Abaroa became a co-owner of BODYTEC Sea Point in 2018 and is incredibly passionate about two things – the sea, and helping others. This has resulted in volunteering with Sea Rescue. “I have always had a passion for the sea and helping people so Sea Rescue was the perfect environment for me,” she explains. “I love the adrenalin rush and most of all, the smiles on people’s faces when you have helped or saved their lives.”
As a rescue swimmer, one of Arianna’s biggest concerns is endurance. “Because our crew never knows what we’re responding to or the duration of the callout, endurance plays a big role,” she says. “It is essential that we’re able to perform and carry out our responsibility for the duration of the call.” Arianna has found that BODYTEC has helped, and continues to help her endurance and strength.
“BODYTEC has been incredibly beneficial for me, helping me with strength to move patients when needed or when I am required to swim patients to the boat.”
Arianna has been with BODYTEC since 2011, working for the City Bowl and Sea Point studios while completing her degree in sports science and psychology at the University of the Western Cape. “In 2014 BODYTEC owners Sandra and Boris arranged a transfer for me to BODYTEC Lounge Holland where I worked for a while whilst they were building up more studios in Amsterdam.”
In June 2018, as Arianna was just about to head back to Holland, the owner of BODYTEC Sea Point offered her a share offer. “I have always wanted to own a business in my field of study, sports science, and it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time,” explains Arianna with a smile. When asked about any tips for those interested in volunteering with Sea Rescue, Arianna explains, “Contact your nearest station and organise a meeting with the station commander. He or she will be able to give you information about joining the station and what is required from you.”
Arianna trains at and co-owns BODYTEC Sea Point.