This week, the OneUP team has set sail to the neighboring island to attend a conference on water safety. Always willing to support this kind of causes, without thinking it twice, we travelled to Tenerife. Our distributor in Spain organizes this event to create awareness about this social problem.
In different talks, professionals of the nautical sector had the opportunity to discuss and share their vision about one of the main causes of death in the world, drowning. Do you want to know what the experts think about this topic? Keep reading.
Water safety for discussion
With the Hotel GF Victoria Costa Adeje’s auditorium as the main stage and a hall full of people linked to the nautical sector, the presentation of the conference began. In this event, organized by the official distributor of our product in Spain, Náutica el Pris, drownings in coasts were analyzed and our product’s presentation was done.
More than 10 experts and professionals linked to the nautical sector, the fishin sector and emergency services, among others, attended this first edition. Mónica López, Náutica el Pris General Director, marked the beginning of the event at 10:00 a.m.
Then, Saúl de León, our CEO, told the story behind the idea of the product and how this unprecedented business opportunity arose. After talking about the origins of OneUP, he presented the project’s roadmap and revealed the latest developments, including the placement of the OneUP Totem in some Canary beaches. Saúl ended his presentation ensuring that his big dream is that “all the Canary Islands are safe.”
Public institutions support OneUP’s dissemination
Companies are not the only main component when it comes to fight drowning, public institutions also play a decisive role in citizen awareness. Néstor Padrón, the Insular Security an Emergency Director from the Cabildo of El Hierro, explained the need, not only of educating the population in this regard, but also to raise awareness of how important it is for the Canarian people.
Padrón believes that “we are facing a public security problem and events like this one strengthen social communication and the perception of the problem.”
Then, the following presentations were focused mainly on the role of the lifeguard and their own experiences. The lifesaving devices’ evolution throughout the history was also shared.
The success in an emergency situation will depend both on the people who are near to the accident and the means they have by hand to control that situation. In this context, Carmen Soto, fisherwoman and Patron of fishing vessel, said that “any mobile element could be dangerous in a ship” and valued the portability and comfort of OneUP in rescue maneuvers.
To ensure a perfect ending, there was a debate between different personalities who have lived close to extreme situations in the sea.
How did the alliance between Náutica El Pris and Fedola arose?
OneUP’s goal is to create the biggest aquatic rescue network of citizens, so the intervention of public institutions and companies is decisive to achieve it. It is in this context, that the agreement between OneUP and Fedola was born.
The story of this alliance began when Francisco Reina and Aday Rodríguez, both OneUP Sales Managers, closed and agreement with the leading nautical distribution company in the Canary Islands for the commercialization of our portable life preserver in Tenerife.
Due to the high demand of the product and, in addition, that it received excellent reviews, Fedola soon knocked on our door; the feedback was really good. After some meetings and several handshakes, both companies re-signed a new agreement for the OneUP’s exclusive distribution in Spain. This alliance reached a first sale of 50,000 units.
Our project keeps up growing by leaps and bounds.