One on one with a senior lifeguard

2017-02-02 06:01
Photo: supplieD Anthony Molgora in action at Bronze Beach in Umhlanga.

Photo: supplieD Anthony Molgora in action at Bronze Beach in Umhlanga.

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ANTHONY Molgora (44) has been a lifeguard for more than 20 years and is now a senior lifeguard on North Coast beaches.
He said his job requires a lot of commitment and dedication.
Coastal Weekly reporter ANDILE SITHOLE caught up with him recently to find out about his day-to-day experiences on the beach.

AS: Tell me about yourself.

AM: I am an ocean lover and have dedicated my career to preventing drownings and developing lifeguards.

AS: How long have you been a lifeguard?

AM: I qualified in 1992, turned professional in 1995 with broken service up to 1998, then returned in 2003 until now.

AS: Where are you from?

AM: I live in Glen Anil.

AS: What does being a lifeguard entail?

AM: Vigilance, service and dedicating your life to saving others. Keeping your body fit and your mind strong.

AS: What goals did you have set before you started your career?

AM: To be a senior lifeguard and a power craft captain.

AS: What are some of the biggest mental tools you can get or have to be a successful lifeguard?

AM: Be able to remain calm under pressure and deal with the loss of life.

AS: Working on the beach can be tricky and challenging especially because you save lives.
AS: What has been one bad experience as a lifeguard?

AM: I nearly drowned on duty separating an adult female who was hanging onto a child and they both were drowning. When I separated them, the adult female clung onto me and I was held under water for a very long time until I could get myself free and then still had to rescue the child and female.

AS: If there was one word you could use to explain your experiences, what would it be?

AM: Life-changing.

AS: Young people are curious about the job that lifesavers do on the beach, what are the requirements needed to become a lifeguard?

AM: Above-address fitness, excellent swimmer, confident in the ocean, Lifeguard award from Lifesaving South Africa, suitable level of secondary education, first aid and six months as a voluntary lifeguard. Once you become permanent you begin training on the job for further qualifications.

AS: You work in the northern beaches and in December holidays masses of people go the beach, how do you balance your work with family time?

AM: That has only become an issue now as I got married three years ago, and my wife is expecting our first child in May. We work alternate weekends and public holidays as we work a 12 day on two-day cycle. It does put pressure on family time, but that is a career choice that I have made.

AS: How do you keep your focus on your work?

AM: Eat healthy, keep fit and have plenty of rest.

AS: What advice you can give anyone who wants to become a lifeguard?

AM: Train hard and believe in yourself.

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