The safety of Nelson Mandela Bay beach-goers has been boosted by the arrival of four highly trained lifeguards from Germany.
The lifeguards were welcomed by the city in an event held at Humewood Beach office late on Tuesday.
The city said the lifeguards would be part of the municipality’s lifeguard contingent that would be on duty for the duration of the summer season.
“The Germans will add to 56 lifeguards that the city will deploy for the duration of the summer season,” said city spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki.
“The arrival of the German lifeguards forms part of the exchange programme the municipalty has with the German Life Saver’s Association. It follows a successful visit by four metro lifeguards to Germany early this year.
“The programme was initiated by the sport, recreation, arts and culture portfolio chairperson when she visited Germany last year as part of a provincial delegation,” said Mniki.
He said the four lifeguards worked and shared experiences with German lifeguards in different areas.
“They were also part of the training programme run by the German Life Savers Association.
“A highlight for the lifeguards was getting an opportunity to meet with the International Life Saving Federation president, Dr Klaus Wikens, who interacted with them and shared some experiences,” added Mniki. The German lifeguards started work from yesterday and will be on duty until January 10.
The exchange programme forms part of the city’s commitment to safe beaches and a service that matches international standards.