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LOCAL LIFEGUARDS RECEIVE AWARD CERTIFICATE

30 September 2021
Some 22 dedicated and hard-working young residents from Kouga between the ages of 16 and 30 have received their prestigious Lifeguard Award certificate from Lifesaving SA, while two lifeguards obtained their Lifeguard Qualifying Award certificate. Local lifeguards Angelo Faulkner (second from left) and Nomfanelo Mbhele (second from right) receive their certificates from (from left) Zweli Mafutha (Kouga Senior Lifeguard), Hennie van Rooyen (Kouga Divisional Commander Fire Prevention, Safety and Training), Daniel Benson (Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor), Dewald Barnard (Kouga Chief Fire Officer), and Paul Makupula (Kouga Senior Lifeguard).

Some 22 dedicated and hard-working young residents from Kouga between the ages of 16 and 30 have received their prestigious Lifeguard Award certificate from Lifesaving SA, while two lifeguards obtained their Lifeguard Qualifying Award certificate. Local lifeguards Angelo Faulkner (second from left) and Nomfanelo Mbhele (second from right) receive their certificates from (from left) Zweli Mafutha (Kouga Senior Lifeguard), Hennie van Rooyen (Kouga Divisional Commander Fire Prevention, Safety and Training), Daniel Benson (Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor), Dewald Barnard (Kouga Chief Fire Officer), and Paul Makupula (Kouga Senior Lifeguard).

BACKBOARD . . . rip current . . . swim . . . first aid . . . paddle . . . buoy and warning flags – all in day’s work, no matter the weather.

Some 22 dedicated and hard-working young residents from Kouga between the ages of 16 and 30 have received their prestigious Lifeguard Award certificate from Lifesaving SA, a globally recognised qualification, on Wednesday, September 22.

Apart from cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and water rescue skills, they have been trained in anatomy and physiology, as well as site specific emergency care and the general duties and scanning skills of a lifeguard.

Two more lifeguards received their Lifeguard Qualifying Award certificate on the day, enabling them to perform similar duties, except for water rescue skills.

The training was conducted free of charge by Kouga Municipality’s senior lifeguards and swimming instructors.

To date, the municipality trained over 40 qualified lifeguards.

“The initiative was launched to increase the pool of locally-bred lifeguards and to create seasonal employment opportunities for the youth,” said Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson.

“We would like to have lifeguards whose skills and discipline are known locally and who are within easy reach.”

He said one of the requirements to earn the certificate is a 200m run, followed by a 400m swim and another 200m run in under 10 minutes.