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Lifeguards needed for City’s public swimming pools

The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department is making every effort to ensure its amenities are ready for the upcoming summer/festive season – with a special focus on public swimming pools.

With the emphasis on safety awareness, the department wants to ensure that all 36 swimming pools have sufficient and qualified lifeguards on duty. Currently, there are 300 temporary vacancies at public swimming pools that are available for suitable candidates.

According to the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Tandeka Gqada, the City has a proud record of safety at all its municipal swimming pools.

“Trained and competent lifeguards are one of the most critical requirements for safety at our swimming pools. I would like to encourage adults and youths who meet the criteria to apply timeously so as not to lose out on this temporary employment opportunity,” she says.

The most important role of a lifeguard is to save people’s lives. Lifeguards also play an important role in teaching others about water safety.

The department is starting its lifeguard recruitment process as early as possible to avoid swimming pools opening late. The process is a rigorous one as there is further training and testing for the prospective lifeguard candidates. Each lifeguard has to meet requirements according to the qualifying standard as per the Lifesaving South Africa certificate, and must be:

  • in possession of a Grade 10 certificate or 18 months relevant lifesaving experience
  • physically fit and able-bodied
  • able to swim 100 metres within two minutes in a swimming pool

Only suitably qualified individuals will be considered. Applications opened on 7 July 2011 and will close on 22 July 2011. Application forms can be downloaded here or collected at the City of Cape Town, 2nd floor, Concourse Level, Civic Centre. Alternatively, contact 021 400 2203 for further details.

Application forms can also be collected at the following District Offices. The completed application forms can ONLY be dropped off at the following District Offices and NOT at the Cape Town Civic Centre.

District number
Physical address
Contact person
Municipal Office, Pienaar Road, Milnerton Lecrusha Golding 021 550 2639
Beach Office, Atlantic Road, Muizenberg Debbie Glover 021 788 3654
Merrydale Depot, c/o Melkbos & Merrydale Roads, Mitchells Plain Zuki Buwe 021 370 3667
Municipal Building, (next to fire Station) Ottery Road, Ottery Mary Smith 021 710 8026
Civic Centre, (annex behind building) Voortrekker Road, Bellville Wilma Kotze 021 918 2488
Civic Centre, c/o Kool and Ganna Roads, Melton Rose Samuel Thomas 021 900 4101

Published by Martin Pollack.
© City of Cape Town, 2016