Articles featuring Lifeguards


The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Shelly Beach Station 20, based at the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour at Shelly Beach, was started in 1985 by Stan Walters, Commodore of the ski-boat club at the time. He recognised the need and fulfilled it, becoming the first station commander. The base has four rescue vessels – a 7.3m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) Caltex Endeavour, a 5.5m RIB Caltex Challenger II, a 4.2m RIB Le Jen Mar and a Rescue Runner (a jetski adapted for rescue operations). The station has a tractor to launch and recover our NSRI vessels, but is also used to render assistance to other vessels using the harbour. The station also has a 4×4 rescue vehicle. There is a fully equipped first aid room where casualties can be treated by medical personnel. All sea rescue volunteers are trained as level 3 first aiders, that is, advanced first... read more


Our guardian angels of the ocean and inland waterways The voluntary lifesaving movement started back in 1911 as a branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society, with the formation of the Surf Lifesaving Association of South Africa in May of 1933.  Since then the organisation, now known as Lifesaving South Africa, has grown from strength to strength and administers 80 clubs which undertake duties, not only on coastal waters, but at inland aquatic sites as well. Voluntary work is a key aspect of club life as its members perform duties strictly on an unpaid basis, serving members of the general public in rostered squads.  Usually youngsters, both boys and girls, who have a love of and affinity for the ocean, join at an early age and must first go through the ‘Nippers’ training program, where the emphasis is on playing safely in and near water. At the age of 14... read more

Wild Waves Water Park

Featuring some of the best water rides in the world, The Wild Waves Water Park at the Wild Coast Sun is, without a doubt, a “must do” on your holiday. Old and young escape to a world of summer with exciting rides sure to get the bravest hearts beating frantically. Download a map of the water park before you go... read more

Margate Olympic Pool

Margate boasts the only Olympic-sized swimming pool south of Durban. The pool is on the main beach and since its renovation, has seen been restored to its former glory. The pool grounds are neat and tidy, the pool is sparkling and inviting and there are always life savers on duty. The muncipal pool is a hot spot for trainee life savers building up their endurance as well as swimming clubs and open water swimmers. The busiest times are early morning, 7hoo to 8hoo am. If you’re planning to get in a few laps on holiday make sure you’re there early to get a lane. If you’re lucky, you could scoop up a lane with lane ropes used by the Margate Saints in their afternoon training sessions. The pool closes at 17h00 sharp to give the swimming clubs time to fit in their swim sets.... read more

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