Cooling off responsibly

2019-01-24 06:00
Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, Stuart Pringle subcouncil 24 chairperson and senior life guard Lubabalo Mayedwa during a visit to one of the 19 municipal pools last week.

Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, Stuart Pringle subcouncil 24 chairperson and senior life guard Lubabalo Mayedwa during a visit to one of the 19 municipal pools last week.

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The City of Cape Town is urging residents and the users of public swimming pools to use the facilities responsibly.

With school holidays over and a limited number of public swimming pools still open, the City said there were some incidents at the pools over the festive season and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs.

According to the City thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January.

A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly.

“If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” he said.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on.

Patrons are reminded that once a swimming pool has reached its capacity, no more patrons will be allowed in. This is in the interest of safety and takes into account the size of the facility and the number of lifeguards on duty.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.

An additional well-point was drilled in Muizenberg to serve the purpose of a water collection point. The well-point operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.

If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Patrons are reminded that once a swimming pool has reached its capacity, no more patrons will be allowed in. This is in the interest of safety and takes into account the size of the facility and the number of lifeguards on duty.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January.

“A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.

An additional well-point was drilled in Muizenberg to serve the purpose of a water collection point. The well-point operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use.

By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.

If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand.

Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Patrons are reminded that once a swimming pool has reached its capacity, no more patrons will be allowed in.

This is in the interest of safety and takes into account the size of the facility and the number of lifeguards on duty.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.

If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.

An additional well-point was drilled in Muizenberg to serve the purpose of a water collection point.

The well-point operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.

An additional well-point was drilled in Muizenberg to serve the purpose of a water collection point.

The well-point operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use.

By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.

If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.

An additional well-point was drilled in Muizenberg to serve the purpose of a water collection point. The well-point operates independently and the water will be used to top up other operational swimming pools.

All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation. Patrons are reminded that once a swimming pool has reached its capacity, no more patrons will be allowed in. This is in the interest of safety and takes into account the size of the facility and the number of lifeguards on duty.

Thousands of residents made use of the 19 municipal swimming pools to cool down over the festive season.

“The City of Cape Town’s public swimming pools attracted thousands of visitors over the school holidays who were eager to cool off and relax. We only opened 19 of the 35 facilities in our commitment to continue water-saving practices and they will remain open until the end of January. A few of our pools have their own water resources and this has bolstered our efforts to save our precious water supply,” said Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, in a statement.

The swimming pools remained open for longer on the more popular and hotter days of the festive season.

Badroodien commended the lifeguards for their dedication and commitment which ensured there were no fatal drownings at City pools.

There were, however, some incidents at the pools and lifeguards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and assisting in non-fatal drownings.

While pool lifeguards are there to ensure the safety of bathers, their tasks are made difficult when patrons do not play their part.

Several incidents at pools necessitated the intervention of Law Enforcement.

“There are still a few weeks left before pools close and I want to encourage residents to make use of the facilities responsibly. If you’re unsure of the rules, speak to our lifeguards and also inform them if you’re not confident in the water,” said Badroodien in the statement.

Bathers will still have the opportunity to enjoy the many facilities open until April.

“All indoor swimming pools, which include Long Street, Strand, Blue Downs, Retreat and the Sea Point Pavilion, will remain open throughout the year

The other 14 pools will remain open until 21 April. However, from 1 February these pools will be open for use on weekends only,” Badroodien told People’s Post.

“During the April school holidays only, the following pools will be open every day. These facilities are Atlantis, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Bellville South, Bonteheuwel, Vulindlela, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Goodwood, Eastridge, Muizenberg, Langa, Emthonjeni and Mnandi,” he said.

More than 1.5 million people use the City’s public swimming pools annually and, with water conservation still a priority, the City made provisions to use alternate water sources to keep the allocated pools filled.All operational swimming pools have been fitted with two 10 000F plastic tanks that are used to backwash and filter water that is circulated back into the swimming pool for re-use. By doing this, the City is saving a substantial amount of water that would have been lost.

Badroodien said a decision about which pools will be opened for the 2019/20 summer season will be made closer to the season.

Tips for staying safe at the pool:

.Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

.No alcohol or banned substances are allowed

.No glass containers or weapons of any kind are allowed

.No rough play, running, dunking or diving off shoulders is allowed

.Don’t swim near or under the diving boards

Should you get into trouble, try to stay calm and get to the edge of the pool to hold on. Don’t grab anyone else as you may pull them down with you. Raise your hand and wave to get attention.If someone else is in trouble, don’t get in if the water is too deep for you to stand. Immediately alert a lifeguard to the situation.

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