Ugu South Coast Tourism shares 15 water safety tips ahead of summer holiday season

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Attention
30 November 2021

Ugu South Coast Tourism shares 15 water safety tips ahead of summer holiday season

The KZN South Coast is a popular holiday destination for #summervibes and #familyadventure. Visitors to the Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom enjoy a break from the summer heat by cooling off in the many rivers, lagoons, pools and golden beaches – six of which have Blue Flag status. But a wonderful seaside holiday can only be enjoyed by incorporating water safety practices at all times.

“We are so fortunate in our many water-based offerings that attract holidaymakers to the KZN South Coast,” said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT). “We are thrilled that six of our popular beaches have just been awarded the internationally-recognised Blue Flag status, the criteria of which includes compliance with national safety regulations. Our swimming beaches are all manned by exceptional lifeguards, and we encourage all beachgoers to take the necessary precautions to remain safe in the water over the festive season.”

Visitor safety and experience has also been enhanced with the deployment of Tourism Monitors at Margate Beach, St Michael’s Beach, Hibberdene Beach and Scottburgh Beach. The 12-month Tourism Monitors Programme is being run by the National Department of Tourism (NDT) in partnership with AGB Group. This programmes trains and creates employment opportunities for youth who will patrol the beaches, report crimes and provide tourists with information.

To ensure visitors fully enjoy the KZN South Coast Summer Programme and other water-based activities, USCT has also shared water safety tips, with input from the NSRI (www.NSRI.org.za). Tips to remember when visiting the KZN South Coast beaches include:

1.  Only swim at beaches where and when lifeguards are on duty. Beach times vary between municipalities and seasons so check with the local lifeguards.

2. Only swim between the two lifeguard flags and wave an arm if you are in need of a lifeguard’s help.

3. Check the wind, weather and tides before going to the beach.

4. Never swim alone, always go into the water with someone else.

5. If you see someone in difficulty in the water, alert a lifeguard at once.

6. Do not use tubes and pool inflatables at the beach.

7. Remember to keep hydrated when swimming and spending time in the sun.

8. Remember to use sunscreen and reapply every two hours, especially when swimming and sweating.

9. Never swim when intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgement and unnecessary risks are taken.

10. Adults must supervise children near water at all times, and supervising adults must know how to swim.

11. Watch children even if they are just near the water. Do not be distracted by your cellphone or social media – focus on the children and nothing else.

12. If you get caught in a rip current, try to remain calm. Do not attempt to swim against it back to shore. Rather swim out of the rip, parallel to shore and follow the breaking waves back to shore at an angle.

13. If you are going fishing along the coast, let someone know where you are going and when you will return.

14. If climbing on rocks or fishing from rocks, don’t turn your back on the sea. Wear a lifejacket when fishing from rocks and check the tides.

15. If there is an emergency, dial 112 from your cellphone or call the NSRI’s Emergency Operations Centre on 072 652 5158 (Ilfracombe to Umtwalume), 082 990 5950 (Hibberdene to Southbroom) and 082 990 5951 (Southbroom to Wild Coast).

To discover more about the KZN South Coast – including its exciting Summer Holiday Programme – download the free ‘Explore KZN South Coast’ app from Google Play and Apple stores, or visit www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za. Alternatively, check out ‘South Coast Tourism’ on Facebook or YouTube, @infosouthcoast on Twitter or Instagram, or ‘Info Ugu South Coast Tourism’ on LinkedIn. Follow the hashtags #KZNsouthcoast #summervibes #gosouth #summerishere #familyadventure #kidfriendly #adventuretravel #extendyourstay.

/ENDS

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Pennington beach

Hibberdene beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Umzumbe beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Southport beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Umtentweni beach

St Michael’s beach

Margate beach

Ramsgate beach

Southbroom beach

Marina Beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Port Edward beach

Trafalgar beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Hibberdene beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Marina beach

Southport beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Trafalgar beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Umzumbe beach, one of the 6 Blue Flag beaches on the KZN South Coast

Uvongo beach

Scottburgh beach

About Ugu South Coast Tourism
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

About KZN South Coast
Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

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Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

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