Beach lifeguard vacancies at City of Cape Town

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for appointment to the following seasonal positions at the City of Cape Town: Beach lifeguard.

About lifeguard vacancies

The swimming season commences in September 2022 and will end in April 2023, with the high season starting 01 December 2022.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for appointment as seasonal staff on a NON-PERMANENT SEASONAL CONTRACT basis.

Successful candidates are required to work on an “as-and-when-required” basis up to a maximum payment of 40 hours per week, primarily over weekends, public holidays and during the school holidays and festive season periods.


Who can apply

Applicants are required to be in possession of at least one of the following:

  • Grade 10 report and 6 months’ voluntary duties with a Surf Lifesaving Club and/ or have worked one season as a temporary/ seasonal Surf Lifeguard or;
  • A qualification equivalent to a grade 10 and 6 months’ voluntary duties with a Surf Lifesaving Club and / or have worked one season as a temporary / seasonal Surf Lifeguard or;
  • A minimum of 5 years lifesaving experience while in possession of a Lifeguard Award with valid annual retests

Valid Surf Lifeguard Award, Rescue Swimmer Award or equivalent with current annual retest

Clear criminal record and no pending criminal cases, awaiting trial and/ or pending sentencing cases

Drug free

Valid Level 2 First Aid certificate or will be required to obtain one within 6 months of appointment.

NOTE: All shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo compulsory drug testing

NOTE: All shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo compulsory competency assessments

A valid Code A motorcycle licence or Code EB driver’s licence would be an advantage Job Purpose: Performing lifeguarding duties as part of a team at a designated beach or tidal pool.

Key Tasks & Duties

Lifeguarding duties, including the following:

  • Conducting and assisting with rescues
  • Rendering first aid
  • Following stipulated procedures relating to tower / radio / lookout lifeguard, backup lifeguard, spare lifeguard and patrol lifeguard
  • Completing incident report sheets and performing other administrative functions o Setting out the bathing area
  • Promoting beach safety
  • Communicating and educating the general public about the City’s drowning prevention programme
  • Actively patrol the beach, monitor activities and report back to the Senior Lifeguard on a regular basis
  • Taking care of lost children and working with Law Enforcement to unite them with parents
  • Complying with Senior Lifeguard instructions and all rules, regulations and procedures
  • Administrative functions
  • Upholding the professional image of the Department including involvement in assisting with the retention of Blue Flag standards and status

NOTE: The Lifeguards will be reporting directly to the relevant Senior Beach Lifeguard or Principal Facility Officer

Incumbents will be required to undertake and pass regular skills and fitness tests as per the set standards

Incumbents will be required to keep essential qualifications valid at all times

Incumbents must be willing to work irregular hours including weekends and public holidays, and overtime as needed

Incumbents must be prepared to work in various geographical areas if required Kindly read the attached Director’s Communication regarding Lifeguarding Opportunities in the City of Cape Town, before completing the online application.

How to apply

Please note the following important information: Applicants must apply online via eRecruitment. See for more information.

In order to apply online, applicants must first create an eServices Account on the City of Cape Town Website.

Applicants may use any computer with internet access to apply. Smart phones are not compatible with this online application process and cannot be used to apply.

Applicants may use a SmartCape computer at a City of Cape Town Library if they are a library member. To become a library member you will need to apply for membership at a library with your ID and proof of residence.

You may contact one of the area offices (see details below) should you have any queries. In addition, please see the list below of staff members and details of where and when they will be available to assist you with your online application process.

Closing Date: 1 July 2022

SOURCE: Document below


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