Juniors and Seniors

As a Junior or Senior at Clifton SLC, you are required to have done your JLA or LA, depending on your age. Qualified Juniors and Seniors are also required to do annual retests to ensure that they are up to date on the best techniques and that they are physically capable of completing the possible tasks of a lifeguard. Juniors range from the age of 14-18 years old and Seniors from 19+ years old. As a Junior competitor, there are various age categories, namely, U15, U17 and U19 that you can compete in. The Juniors and Seniors of Clifton make up all the members who are responsible for the safety of our beaches over the seasons’ weekends and public holidays, thus they play a vital role in keeping the Club alive.

THE LIFEGUARD COURSE

The course comprises a series of modules covering sea conditions, first aid and CPR, rescue techniques, signals and radio communication. The exam comprises a written test on all you learn, examination of your CPR technique, a run-swim- run in less than 10 minutes, signals and all the rescue techniques.

Course Requirements and Information

The LA/JLA qualification is a world-recognised qualification and the instructors at Clifton are all qualified instructors or instructors-in-training. We also have highly qualified paramedics helping with the medical aspect of training. The course usually takes about 8-10 weeks. We run courses all year round so please contact us for details on upcoming courses. As soon as a course finishes you or your son/daughter will be contacted for the start of the next course.

THE LIFEGUARD AWARDS
Junior Lifeguard Award (14-16 years)

Having your JLA allows you to perform voluntary lifeguard patrols under the supervision of a qualified Lifeguard.

Entrance requirements:

Must be at least 14 years old on the day of the examination

Must be able to complete a 400m pool swim in under 9 minutes (signed off by a coach/gym instructor with cell phone number for confirmation. Please have this available for the first training session also)

Run-Swim- Run in less than 10 minutes in the surf. We will test the Run-Swim-Run on the first day of training

Lifeguard Award (16 years and older)

The Lifeguard Award (LA) for senior lifeguards will enable you to work as a professional lifeguard. You will be required to complete an annual retest.

Entrance requirements:

Must be at least 16 years old on the day of the examination

Must be able to complete a 400m pool swim in under 8 minutes (signed off by a coach/gym instructor with cell phone number for confirmation. Please have this available for the first training session also)

Run-Swim- Run in less than 10 minutes in the surf. We will test the Run-Swim-Run on the first day of training

Want to join our Lifesaving community?

Fill out your details on our contact form to find out more about our memberships.

Other things you should know.

On completion of the course you are assigned to a Squad for Active Duty in the summer months. If you are over the age of 30 you are not required to do duty at all. Each squad is assigned a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each month throughout summer (Saturday 12h00 to 18h00 and Sunday 10h00 to 18h00). We have 4 Squads: Arcadia, Barker, Cherry and Duiker.
You are required to be on duty on the duty dates assigned to the Squad, if you cannot make duty you MUST find a substitute for the duty day. It is unacceptable to miss a duty day without finding a substitute.
Lifeguard training doesn’t stop after completing the LA/JLA course. There are many exciting qualifications offered by Clifton Surf to further your, or your son’s/daughter’s knowledge in Lifesaving including: LA/JLA IRB (inflatable rescue boat) Crewman (for over 16s and after one years’ service at Clifton) IRB Driver (for over 16s and after one years’ service at Clifton) First Aid Level 3.
Yes! Another exciting aspect of Lifesaving after completing the LA/JLA course is PRO duty which is paid lifeguarding. Since Clifton is a Blue Flag Beach the City Of Cape Town pays lifeguards to work during the duration of summer. To work PRO duty you can apply to work PRO through the City Of Cape Town’s job application channels.

Masters

Over the years we have been and are still fortunate to have many of our Masters as members and parents of a significant number of Nippers and in some cases juniors and some active committee members. This is probably the ultimate test of any club and a reflection of our club ethos.

Masters are members over the age of 30 years. Masters need to have a qualification: a Bronze Medallion (BM), a Surf Proficiency Award (SPA) or a Surf Lifeguard Award (SLA or LA). The Bronze Medallion is still awarded in countries overseas and recognised as the minimum requirement to be a Lifeguard.

The Surf Lifeguard Award (SLA or LA), prior to 2003 referred to as the Surf Proficiency Award (SPA), is the standard qualification required to perform lifeguard duties, be this in a voluntary or professional role. Masters wishing to compete in the annual competitions do not require Duty Hours or a Retest. If they wish to do Duty, an Annual Retest is still required.

MASTERS AGE GROUPS: INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
Category Age
A 30-34
B 35-39
C 40-44
D 45-49
E 50-54
F 55-59
G 60-64
H 65-69
I 70+
MASTERS AGE GROUPS: TEAM EVENTS

Team Events with 3 Competitors

(Beach Relay):

Age Group is determined by the aggregate age of the Competitors. The team members add their respective ages together to determine their category:

  • 110-129 years
  • 130-149 years
  • 150-169 years
  • 170 years +

Team Events with 2 Competitors

(Board Rescue & Double Ski):

Age Group is determined by the age of the youngest Competitor:

  • Category A-I (see table on left)