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City’s lifeguards ready for beach deployment<span>​​<figure class="figure-credits right"><img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure>   <div>The City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has employed permanent and seasonal lifeguards in order to improve beach safety over the upcoming summer holiday season.<br><br></div> <div>The 12 permanent lifeguards and over 100 seasonal lifeguards will be deployed during the upcoming summer season at the various beaches over weekends between from 5 November 2016. From the start of the peak summer season, 1 December 2016, lifeguards will be on these beaches daily from 10:00 until 18:00. An essential requirement for appointment as a beach lifeguard is possession of a valid Lifeguard Award, as well as experience in surf lifesaving.<br><br>‘The aim of the City’s lifeguarding programme is to provide a lifesaving standard of the highest quality, and to provide lifeguards with better career path opportunities. Beach safety is key to Cape Town’s beaches achieving high accolades internationally and this contributes to Cape Town being one of the most popular beach cities in the world. Having a world-class lifeguarding service is essential in keeping the Blue Flag flying above 10 of our beaches.​<br><br></div> <span> <div> <figure class="figure-credits left"> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:1150px;" /> <figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div> </div> <p>‘While I am confident that the lifeguards employed to ensure the safety of beach-goers are competent and well qualified, beach safety is a shared responsibility between our beach safety staff and our beach-goers. Many drownings are linked to the consumption of alcohol before swimming or people swimming in dangerous areas not designated by lifeguards, so I appeal to residents to exercise caution.</p></span> <div> <span>​​‘While the City does provide lifeguards and law enforcement personnel, this service cannot take the place of a parent or guardian’s supervision of children. On peak days, the high number of people visiting our beaches and pools makes it very difficult for lifeguards to keep a watchful eye on all swimmers all of the time. The lifeguards are under constant pressure to keep a keen eye out for anyone in distress. Parents need to be on high alert when their children are playing in or near the ocean, a river or a pool and are urged to be vigilant,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo. ​<br></span><span>​</span></div> <span> <div> <figure class="figure-credits right"> <img class="responsive" alt="placeholder" src="" style="width:576px;" /> <figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure></div> <div> </div> <p>The lifeguard service will be boosted by accredited members of lifesaving clubs and teams will work closely with National Sea Rescue Institute volunteers.<br><br>Beachgoers are encouraged to keep the following key safety tips in mind:</p> </span> <ul><li> <span>​​</span> Only swim at beaches that have lifeguards on duty Swim between the red and yellow flags. </li><li>They indicate safe, rip current-free, supervised swimming areas.</li><li>An area outside of these flags could have dangerous rip currents </li><li>Never swim alone </li><li>Always inform friends or family members when you are going swimming </li><li>Do not swim when there are marine animals such as whales, dolphins and seals in the area or when a marine animal carcass has washed up onto the beach </li><li>If you find yourself in difficulty, turn on your back and float, raise your arm and wave to attract the lifeguard’s attention </li><li>Try not to panic, as this will make you tired </li><li>If you see someone in difficulty in the water, alert the lifeguards or find trained help. </li><li>Do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. </li><li>Throw something that floats to the person or call a surfer who can take floatation to the person </li><li>Call emergency services on 112 or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone if you require assistance. </li></ul> <div><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> <b></b> </p><div>Residents can find more safety information and a list of City of Cape Town beaches that have lifeguards on duty <a href="">here</a>.</div></div></div></div> <div>​​</div> <div> <strong>End</strong></div> <div> </div></span>2016-10-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ff0b55f9-77e2-44c8-8ba0-61504af16684;L0|#0ff0b55f9-77e2-44c8-8ba0-61504af16684|Beach;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#3000e814-db15-4d80-8852-2077304275bd;L0|#03000e814-db15-4d80-8852-2077304275bd|lifeguards;GP0|#963bf3f7-0db2-4726-b8c1-fe17309fb342;L0|#0963bf3f7-0db2-4726-b8c1-fe17309fb342|Anda Ntsodo1


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