Since its inception in 1971 See-en-Sand has successfully trained thousands of lifeguards, saved more than 14 000 lives, and attended to more than 40 000 emergency incidents.

Over the years we have developed and continuously crafted our unique 7-day intensive lifesaving selection course programme which equips students with an in depth understanding of the ocean.  We are confident that, once qualified, See-en-Sand students will be exceptional lifeguards.

Our course focuses on:

  • Reading and understanding waves, breakers, currents, and tides
  • Identification of a safe and dangerous beach
  • What action to take if you or someone is caught in a current
  • What action to take if someone is injured in the sea, on the rocks or on the beach

Our students will also receive training in:

  • Practical first aid
  • CPR
  • Rescue and relief techniques
  • Swimming of rip currents
  • Fitness and endurance
  • Stress and crisis management
  • Beach organisation such as swimming area demarcation, maintaining beach and public discipline, enforcing municipal by-laws
  • Beach administration such as maintaining a daily incident report covering; swimming and drowning incidents, first aid assistance, duty rosters, public comments, etc.

* Please note that all students are required to stay at the See-en-Sand campsite in Hermanus, for the duration of the course.

Upcoming dates:

24 -30 March 2024

22 - 28 September 2024


March: R5 250 per person

September: R5 500 per person


This includes:

  • Course material – practical and theoretical
  • Peek cap
  • Transport during course
  • Accommodation at our campsite
  • Daily lunch and supper


  • Lunch and dinner on the first evening
  • Daily breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Personal medical supplies

Who should attend this course?

The See-en-Sand lifesaving selection course has gained popularity over the past few years with many students attending it for reasons other than solely becoming a qualified lifeguard. While this course is an excellent experience for students to bolster their confidence and personal development, being selected as a lifeguard carries an extreme public responsibility. Therefore, our programme is directed at young and energetic students who understand and accept responsibility for their own conduct as well as the public. Students must be 16 years of age or older when serving as a lifeguard.

If you can remain calm under pressure, have a strong sense of community service, have good communication skills, and enjoy the outdoors, then you have some of the necessary qualities to become a successful lifeguard.

Due to the nature of the course candidates are required to have strong swimming skills, moderate to high level of personal fitness with good self and group discipline. If you are an independent thinker and a motivated self-starter, then our lifesaving course is ideal for you!

Qualified lifeguards may be required to perform lifesaving duty over the December and April school holiday period at one of our allocated beaches.

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