- Junior Lifeguard: 14-16yrs – Junior Lifeguard Award (JLA) (Performs lifeguard duty under supervision)
- Senior Lifeguard: 16+ yrs – Senior Lifeguard Award (LA) (Can work professionally)
Our training courses will normally take place just before the start of the new season (September). Each course needs a minimum of 8 candidates to start. The following documentation needs to be handed in to the instructor on the first day of the course so be sure to be 100% committed to joining the club! If you are under 21 you will need one of your parents to help you sign up.
What Cost is involved?
Once off admin fee: R350.00
Subs for the year: R 450.00
– 14 years old on the day of examination
– 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes
– 16 years old on the day of examination
– 400m pool swim in under 8 minutes
Theory Work (+- 10 hours)
Duties of a Lifeguard – Recognition of potential victims, Site management and preparation, Public Relations, Environment management, Natural and Man-made hazards.
Signals including Helicopter signals
Anatomy and Physiology
Emergency Care – Level 2 First aid, Rescue Breathing, 1 and 2-man CPR, child and infant CPR protocols, recovery position and vomit drill, Jaw Thrust Manoevure
Life Orientation: HIV, AIDS and disabilities
Practical Work ( +-20 Hours )
200m Run/200m Surf Swim/200m Run ( 10 minute time limit to complete)
Surf Awareness, As a lifeguard, you have to be familiar with your surroundings and potential risks to the community in which you serve.
How to perform a basic water Rescue – Torpedo buoy rescue and deep water resuscitation using fins including placement on dry land through 1 man drag & 2-man carry
Emergency Rescue releases – Drowning clutch, push-up and wrist grip releases, front and back strangle holds
Malibu / Craft rescue – Learning how to use rescue equipment.
Box Line swim (maximum distance 100m)
Spinal Injury management – Working with a spinal board in knee deep water and on land to minimise spinal injuries
The lifesaving award Certificate is valid for 3 years subject to an annual retest which includes re-examination on a minimum of CPR, Run/Swim/Run and signals.
QUALIFYING CERTIFICATE: As per LA without the practical water work. This certificate is for those who are not swimming fit YET, but would like to get involved in the lifesaving community. QC Award holders can form part of the lifesaving squad, they can assist with first aid and keeping the beach safe but don’t perform the physical water rescues.
Once you are a qualified lifeguard the learning doesn’t stop! You will be added to a squad for voluntary duty and form part of the many volunteers you see working during the summer season. If you are over 16 you can start training towards your Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewman’s and Drivers certificates. If you prefer the thrill of the first Aid Room then join up for one of our seasonal Level 3 First aid courses.
View the Events Calendar for dates of Refresher Courses, Retests, competitions and exams.