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City puts lifeguards through their paces

Early preparation is the key to creating a culture of safety at swimming pools and beaches.

To this end, the City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has again committed itself to provide effective and efficient lifesaving services, by putting prospective candidates through their paces and filling key positions in time for summer.

The department has finalised assessments for candidates who have applied for lifeguard positions, as part of its efforts to ensure a safer summer season ahead. “Lifeguards provide an important service and we need to make sure that we strive for the highest level of professionalism and efficiency throughout the season. It’s also about reassuring communities, and especially parents, that their children will be safe at pools where lifeguards are on duty,” says the City’ s Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.

Assessments were held at the Blue Downs indoor swimming pool and were completed Friday 5 July. Beach Lifeguards will also be tested on their competence at the beach and in the surf during the induction phase of the process and throughout their period of employment.

First-time applicant, Renecha Witbooi (16) from Blue Downs swam 100 metres in just under two minutes. “I’ve worked very hard to excel at swimming, and I’ve also had help and motivation from a qualified lifeguard, so I am confident that I have what it takes to become a lifeguard,” says Witbooi.

Badroodien thanked the applicants for their interest in being part of our team of lifeguards. Successful candidates will be employed throughout the summer season, running from September 2019 to June 2020.

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