KOUGA – Preparations are in full swing for the approaching summer season, ensuring the safety of beachgoers. There will be a minimum of 56 lifeguards and two shark spotters on duty. Lifeguards keep beachgoers safe this season, with large deployments at the major beaches.

Twelve of the lifeguards will be stationed daily at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay, a favourite among surfers and sunbathers alike. They will be operational from 01 November 2023 to 30 April 2024 from 08:00 to 17:00.

Eight Lifeguards At Seal POint

Similarly, Cape St Francis Beach will offer a safe and enjoyable environment for beachgoers from 1 December 2023 to 30 April 2024. There will be eight lifeguards on duty daily from 08:00 to 17:00 daily.

An additional 36 seasonal lifeguards have been appointed to look after the other swimming beaches from 01 December 2023 to 14 January 2024.

Seven Squad Leaders

The seasonal lifeguards will be under the watch of seven squad leaders.

“It is essential that we prioritise beachgoers’ safety by ensuring lifeguards are present at all times. Thus, we need to make sure warning signs and other safety measures are in place,” said Koug Municipality Executive Mayor Hattingh Bornman.

“The lifeguards do a lot more than watch the water for swimmers in trouble, though that is their highest priority. They also assist swimmers who are stung by stingrays and jellyfish. Also, they are often first on the scene of medical emergencies and enforce beach rules. Furthermore, they help reconnect lost children with their parents and educate visitors about issues such as rip currents.

“Our commitment to beachgoers safety ensures that every wave brings joy – creating a haven where the sun, sand, and smiles can truly thrive.”

* There is always a strong rip alongside the rocks at the Seal Point beach break. All swimmers and surfers are advised not to take this rip lightly. So, do not take chances, as the beaches will be crowded over the season.

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