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Safety Tips For The South Coast

Disclaimer: South Coast Tourism and its’ affiliates do not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by the use or reliance on the information provided. This webpage is for the use of visitors to the South Coast  and is not a substitute for professional advice.

South Coast Tourism and its’ affiliates do not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by the use or reliance on the information provided. This webpage is for the use of visitors to the South Coast  and is not a substitute for professional advice.

The South Coast prides itself on its’ Blue Flag Status but urges visitors to always act in a responsible and safe manner. We appreciate the unspoilt beauty of our coastal waters, beaches and hinterland and so do the fauna who share our paradise. Visitors who respect the reptiles, primates and aquatic creatures in our area will not have their holiday marred by their presence.

The Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board supports and promotes the conservation of sharks with some of the most sophisticated research in the world. The South Coast warm water (19 – 26 degrees), mild sub tropical climate and wave lapped beaches have long attracted visitors to our area. Shark attacks have marred the experience of visitors but since the Natal Sharks Board have intervened attacks have become rare events. There have only been 2 attacks at protected beaches in the last 25 years.

The Natal Sharks Board urges visitors to follow these steps to reduce the chance of shark attack:

  • SWIM AT NETTED BEACHES
  • AVOID SWIMMING WITH AN OPEN WOUND AS SHARKS CAN DETECT BLOOD
  • DON’T SWIM AT DAWN, DUSK OR AT NIGHTS WHEN SHARKS ARE MOST ACTIVE
  • AVOID SWIMMING IN THE VICINITY OF FLOODING RIVERS
  • DON’T SWIM ALONE, ALWAYS STAY IN GROUPS
  • WHEN VISITING UNFAMILIAR AREAS SEEK LOCAL ADVICE
  • BE CAUTIOUS ESPECIALLY WHEN SPEARFISHING
  • OBEY INSTRUCTIONS FROM LIFEGUARD & OTHER BEACH OFFICIALS


SPECIAL NOTICE:                                                                         
DURING THE SARDINE RUN THE NATAL SHARKSBOARD REMOVES THE SHARK NETS JUST PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE SARDINES.
Signs are erected notifying bathers when the nets and drumlines are removed. Lifeguards are also notified and they communicate this to bathers.



The National Sea Rescue Institute is stationed at Port Edward and Shelly Beach on the Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast. They are run by skilled volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year. They are well equipped with vehicles, rescue craft and access to helicopters.

Shelly Beach 082 990 5950
Port Edward 076 617 5002

ONLY SWIM ON BEACHES WHERE & WHEN LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY

Surf Lifesaving and Sea Rescue

 Ubuntu Lifeguards are a professional lifeguard company. They man 14 of our beaches including Port Edward, Kids Beach, TO Strand, Glenmore, Trafalgar, Southbroom, Ramsgate Ski Boat Bay, Port Shepstone Tidal Pool, Umtentweni, Sunwich, Southport, Umzumbe and Banana Beach.

LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY FROM 07H00 – 17H00 ON WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND FROM 07H00 – 18H00 IN DECEMBER SEASON.

Snake Bites
Most snake bites are seldom fatal but can cause permanent damage and injury to the affected area.

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
PREVENTION DO’S

DO Watch where you step
DO Always where shoes in long vegetation
DO Stay away from dead snakes – snakes often fake death

In the event you are bitten by a snake:

DON’T   Use anti venom outside of a hospital environment
DON’T   Cut and suck the wound
DON’T   Apply a tourniquet
DON’T   Have anything to eat or drink
   
DO   Get everyone well away from the snake
DO   React promptly – Phone the hospital en route and provide a clear description of the snake so that the anti venom can be prepared 
DO   Stay calm and reassure the person. Fear and anxiety can increase the heart rate and thus more rapid spread of venom

Blue Bottle and Jelly Fish Stings
If you are stung by a blue bottle or jelly fish here is what you should do immediately:

DO    Rinse The Affected Area With Sea Water
DON’T

Rinse With Fresh Water

DO  

Cover Your Hands And Gently Remove The Tentacles

DO  

Rinse The Area With Vinegar Or Apply Baking Soda Paste

DO  

Pain Can Be Treated With Topical Anaesthetic Creams Or Calamine Lotion

Monkeys
Vervet Monkeys are the little grey monkeys with black faces and a prominent white brow. A troop lives in a territory that has been established over 100’s of years. Our homes, hotels and businesses are built on their ancestral land. They are not aggressive by nature and only if they feel threatened.
They never attack dogs unless the dog us actually biting a monkey.

DON’T   Provoke Or Mimic Monkeys
DON’T  

Feed By Hand

DON’T  

Run Away, Scream Or Create Confusion

DON’T EVER Touch A Monkey
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