Swim responsibly in city pools

2015-10-06 06:00

The public are called on to obey the instructions of lifeguards when making use of public swimming facilities.

The City of Cape Town’s sport, recreation and amenities department has made an effort to ensure that its facilities are ready for the summer school holidays.

More than 200 trained lifeguards will be on duty at the City’s 35 swimming pools.

Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says thousands of people are expected at the pools.

“In the rush to cool off on warmer days, children especially tend to get caught up in the moment and forget about being safe in the water,” she says.

Walker appeals to users of the public pools to obey the lifeguards and the City’s staff.

“Our municipal swimming pools should be places of fun and recreation. Irresponsible behaviour, which places other users at risk, will not be tolerated. The most important role of a lifeguard is to prevent drownings at our pools,” she says.

According to Walker the swimming pools will be open every day this week until Sunday.

Thereafter, they will be open on weekends until the end of October. From November the swimming pools will be open every day between 10:00 and 17:00.

During the peak season, between 16 December and 15 January, the pools will be open daily between 09:00 and 18:00.

The Sea Point, Blue Downs, Strand, Mnandi and Long Street public pools are open daily throughout the year.

“Regular water testing will be conducted to ensure that the water quality at all of our pools is safe and of an acceptable standard,” she says.

Walker says no private events will be allowed at municipal pools in the interest of public safety.

“Only the ‘Learn to swim’ programme and swimming galas will be allowed,” she says.

No alcohol, glass containers, pets, tents or weapons of any kind may be brought to the pools. No running and horse play, no dunking or diving off shoulders, no ball games and no pushing in and around the pool are allowed. Children under the age of seven need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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