Cape Town employs more lifeguards for school holidays

2015-09-29 16:32

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Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department announced on Tuesday that 12 lifeguards had been employed permanently – and more than 100 trained and accredited lifeguards were in the process of being employed on a seasonal contract basis.

These lifeguards would be deployed to beaches between 08:00 and 16:30 daily during the upcoming school holidays. A hundred seasonal lifeguards and 100 beach monitors would also be deployed, the city said. 

"Our intention in making the shift towards offering a number of lifeguards a City employment contract is two-fold. Firstly, we believe that this structure will mean that we can continue to provide a lifesaving standard of the highest quality...

"Secondly, we believe that lifeguards will be provided with better career path opportunities. Additionally, the provision of law enforcement training in the future will improve the ability of lifeguards to access year-round employment, instead of just seasonal employment,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Belinda Walker.

Walker said that beach goers were still urged to be responsible.

"We want to emphasise that beach safety does not begin and end with lifeguards. It is a shared responsibility between our beach safety staff and our beachgoers. Many drownings are linked to the consumption of alcohol before swimming or people swimming in dangerous areas not supervised by lifeguards.

"We urge residents not to allow family members and friends to go into the water if they have consumed alcohol and to report any intoxicated beachgoers to the lifeguard or law enforcement officer on duty."

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