Kouga Municipality would like to advise residents and visitors that there are only lifeguards on duty at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis Beach.

This includes Paradise Beach, Paradise Lagoon, Aston Bay Beach, Pellsrus Beach, Kabeljous Beach, Kabeljous Lagoon, Oyster Bay Beach, and St Francis Bay Main Beach.

Anyone who enters the ocean where there are no lifeguards on duty, does so at own risk.

In the event of an emergency, contact the local NSRI at 079 916 0390 (Jeffreys Bay), or 082 990 5969 (St Francis Bay). Alternatively, contact Kouga’s all hours’ emergency number at 042 291 0250.

 

Break The Grip Of The Rip

In the absence of lifeguards, here are a few tips on how to avoid rips and to know your options with regard to these currents. Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore that can sweep even the strongest of swimmers away from shore.

To avoid rip currents in the ocean, follow these essential safety tips. First, prioritize swimming in designated areas and pay attention to posted signs and flags indicating water conditions.

Before entering the water, take a moment to observe the waves and look for potential rip currents. Avoid swimming near structures like piers and jetties, as these often generate strong currents. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, remain calm and avoid panicking. Instead of swimming against the current directly back to shore, swim parallel to the shoreline until you’re out of the current, and then swim back to the beach.

Additionally, never swim alone, and always inform someone of your plans. Be mindful of weather forecasts and ocean conditions, avoiding the water during rough weather or when strong currents are likely. By staying informed, aware, and following these precautions, you can significantly reduce the risk of encountering and being affected by rip currents.

No lifeguards on duty

See also: Beach Safety Tips For Swimmers