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Applications have re-opened for temporary lifeguard positions at City of Cape Town’s beaches. Applications close on 2 November 2015.
Those who have applied for the previous lifeguard positions advertised with reference number SR 27/15 and SR 28/15 need not reapply.
The department is making every effort to ensure its amenities are ready for the upcoming season – with a special focus on beaches.
One of the City’s critical requirements for the safety of Cape Town’s residents is to have trained and competent lifeguards available at our beaches during the peak summer season. The City would like to encourage people who meet the criteria to apply timeously, so as not to lose out on this employment opportunity.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for appointment as staff on a seasonal contract basis to the positions of Seasonal Beach Lifeguard and Seasonal Senior Beach Lifeguard.

The application process is rigorous, prospective lifeguard candidates undergo further training and testing. Each lifeguard has to meet requirements according to the qualifying standard as per the Lifesaving South Africa certificate. Lifeguards must also comply with the below requirements:

 Seasonal Senior Beach Lifeguards

  • A grade 12 or equivalent qualification
  • A minimum of two years professional Surf Lifeguard experience
  • A valid Advanced First Aid Certificate or equivalent
  • A valid Advanced Lifeguard Award or equivalent with current annual retest
  • A willingness to attend OHSACT Training
  • Valid appropriate law enforcement qualification (peace officer) or willingness to attend relevant training and may not have a criminal record
  • Supervisory Skills Training Course Certificate or equivalent
  • Surf Proficiency Award Instructor’s Certificate or equivalent
  • Valid Code EB vehicle driver’s licence
  • Valid Inflatable Rescue Boat driver’s certificate
  • Valid Skipper’s Licence
  • PRDP would be advantageous

Seasonal Beach Lifeguards

  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • Six months voluntary duties with a Surf Lifesaving Club and/or have worked one season as a temporary/seasonal surf lifeguard
  • Valid Lifeguard Award or equivalent with current annual retest
  • Valid Level 2 First Aid certificate or will be required to obtain one within six months of appointment
  • A valid Code A motorcycle licence or Code EB driver’s licence would be an advantage

For more information on beach lifeguard opportunities in the City, click here

Printed application forms are available at the District Offices listed below. Completed application forms and documents can only be dropped off at the following District Offices and NOT at the Civic Centre.

District Physical address Contact person E-mail address Fax number Enquiries
District Office, 23 Oude Molon Road, Ndabeni
Elvina Adams 021 444 0275
2 Beach Office Atlantic Road, Muizenberg Dyan Geland
021 788 8109
021 788 3654
Merrydale Depot corner of Melkbos and Merrydale Rds, Mitchells Plain
Shireen Albrecht
021 372 62933
021 370 3673
District Office, Corner of Darling and Felicia Streets, Chrismar, Bellville
Samuel Thomas
086 207 86188
021 444 76466


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