Thursday, 26 November 2015

Just Flag It

Soak up the sun and cool off with caution 

Shark Spotters:

Shark Spotters are positioned at strategic points along the Cape Peninsula, primarily along the False Bay coastline. A spotter is placed on the mountain with polarised sunglasses and binoculars. This spotter is in radio contact with another spotter on the beach. If a shark is seen the beach spotter sounds a siren and raises a white flag with a black shark. When the siren sounds the water users are requested to leave the water and only return when the appropriate all clear signal is given.

Here are some important don'ts to remember when you are headed off for a swim:

  • Don’t swim in deep water beyond the breakers
  • Don’t swim if you are bleeding
  • Don’t swim near river mouths
  • Don’t swim, surf or paddle at night or on your own
  • Don’t swim, surf or paddle when birds, dolphins or seals are feeding
  • Don’t swim, surf or paddle near trek-netting, fishing or spearfishing
  • Don’t dive for rock lobster using a bait bag

Consider the following safety tips:

  • Consider using a Shark Spotter Beach
  • Paddle in groups and stay close together
  • Pay attention to shark signage on beaches
  • Speak to Shark Spotters, law enforcement officials or life-guards about the area you plan to use
  • Obey beach officials if told to leave the water

Where are the Shark Spotters? 

Permanent Beaches (365 days a year):
 Muizenberg: 8am – 6pm
 St James/Kalk Bay: 8am – 6pm
 Fish Hoek: 8am – 6pm (7am – 6.45pm in summer)
 The Hoek, Noordhoek: 8am – 6pm
 Caves, Kogel Bay: 8am – 6pm

Temporary Beaches (Oct – April: Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays)
 Clovelly: 10.00am – 5pm
 Glencairn: 8am – 6pm
 Monwabisi: 8am – 6pm

All Emergencies 107 
Police 10111 
Law Enforcement 086 076 5423 
Crime Stop 08600 10111 
Cellphone Emergency 112 or 021 480 7700 
Disaster Management 021 597 6000 or 080 911 4357 

Don't forget your sunscreen :)
Read all about Rip Tides in our next blog.