Juniors / Seniors

Juniors and Seniors form the backbone of Lifesaving Duties and Competitions. Please read this information as it will assist in understanding how duties and competitions work.

DUTIES

A Junior Duty member is aged between 14 and 17.

A Senior Duty member is 18 and over.

REQUIREMENTS

All duty members need an award depending on their age:

JUNIOR LIFEGUARD AWARD (JLA):

This is done by those aged 14-17.  This award enables you to compete and do duties until you turn 17.  Once you turn 17, you have 6 weeks to upgrade.

LIFEGUARD AWARD (LA):

The Lifeguard Award is an extension of the JLA and enables you to compete and do duties until after Masters.

Every duty member with an award be it JLA or LA needs an annual refresher and retest (except if they qualified in that year).  Retest dates are set by the Club and each Club has approximately 2 retests per year. Those retesting are encouraged to do so as early in the season as possible.  A copy of your retest can be obtained from the Club secretary (not through Lifesaving South Africa).  Your ID, gloves, whistle  and pocket mask need to be brought to the retest.

UNIFORM:

A compulsory uniform is available from the club at no additional charge.  This kit is not easy to come by and expensive to replace so must be looked after.  Should a lifeguard wish to purchase a speedo, ladies full piece, lifeguard hat or anorak, they will be billed for each additional item and these amounts are payable upfront.

DUTY ROSTER

Once qualified, every Junior and Senior member of the club is required to do duties.  There are currently 9 squads with approximately 11 members in each.

The squad leader is to be respected and proper communication is imperative.

Should you miss a duty, you will need to do a catch up.  Although we are not “old school” when it comes to AWOLS, with paybacks needing to be done within the next week, we do require paybacks to be done before your next squad duty comes around.

Excused duty members are also required to do paybacks before their next duty.

Squad leaders are responsible for organizing their squads. The squad leader may ask you to find a substitute (to swap with another duty member) if he/ she feels the need.

Saturday and Paid duty will not be allocated to those with outstanding duties for AWOLS.

All non-competing members need to serve 30 hours voluntary duties for the club within a year. All competing lifeguards are required to serve 20 hours voluntary duties for the club within a year. The hours are logged and can be used for community service hours at school.

Paid duty is as follows:

Normal Saturday:

Squad Leader R275

Duty member R220

Public Holiday:

Squad Leader R400

Duty Member R300

Please look at the duty list, diarise your duty dates and make sure that you update the secretary when your details change.

Note that from 26 August 2019 the squad list will be amended.  We are likely to have 7 squads instead of 9.

A reminder WhatsApp is sent 5 days before your duty. For all duty queries, please contact your Club Captain Bennie Mthethwa on 079 094 2410

MEMBERSHIP COSTS PER SEASON:

MEMBERSHIP      R1000

BOARD RACK     R350

SKI RACK            R600

LOCKER              R200

DISK                    R  55

INVOICES ARE SENT AFTER THE AGM BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS.

BANKING DETAILS:  PIRATES LIFESAVING CLUB. FNB. FLORIDA ROAD. 220526. ACCOUNT NUMBER:  62078483006

COMPETITION INFORMATION:

PLC participates in the KZN Series, Provincial Championships, Interprovincial Championships and National Championships. Competitions start in August with the KZN Series. This series consists of 5 separate competitions. There are additional costs associated with the KZN Series, as well as the Provincial Championships, which are usually held locally.  There are further costs associated with Interprovincial and National Championships (which are held at the end of the season) as these often take place in other provinces and travel/accommodation is required.

Prize Giving

The annual Prize Giving is held a week or two after the last National Competition. The awards are performance based and calculated using points scored at KZN Champs and Nationals; in both Surf and Stillwater disciplines.  The other trophies and awards are subjective and based on commitment, dedication, sportsmanship etc.

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