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Seasonal lifeguards wanted

05 October 2020

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming summer season, with at least 50 lifeguards and two shark spotters set to keep bathers safe at the beaches. 

“Kouga Municipality will be appointing 48 seasonal lifeguards and two shark spotters to look after the safety of beach-goers,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

“Twelve of the lifeguards will be stationed at Jeffreys Bay’s main beachfront from November to the end of April next year.

“A further 36 lifeguards will be appointed to look after the other swimming beaches from mid-November to mid- January and then again from 26 March to 13 April next year. Two shark spotters will also be appointed for these periods.”  

He said the seasonal lifeguards would be under the watch of senior lifesavers, Paul Makupula and Zweli Mafutha.

“Our senior lifeguards, together with the NSRI, have helped several local youngsters to qualify as lifeguards over the past few years. We hope to see many of them applying for this seasonal opportunity,” he said.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 9 October.

Kouga Corporate Services Portfolio Councillor, Freddy Campher, said the application form was available on the municipal website at www.kouga.gov.za.

“Applicants must submit the completed form and their CV, together with certified copies of their qualifications, ID document and driving licence electronically as one PDF document to recruitment@kouga.gov.za,” he said.

He said all shortlisted candidates would be required to undertake a compulsory swim and rescue test, comprising a 200m run, 300m swim and 200m run, to be completed in under 10 minutes.

“They will also be tested on various rescue and first aid techniques,” he said.

Further details about the requirements, salary and duties are available on the municipal website under “vacancies”.