What does it take to be a lifeguard? A lot of hard work and dedication, according to these two 17-year-old Plettenberg Bay locals.
Traveller24 caught up with Ellen Kleinsmidt and Etienne van Wyk on Lookout Beach, just around the corner from Central Beach - the Matric Rage hot spot along the beautiful Garden Route.
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Remarkably, while many teens are out and about enjoying the sun and freedom that has come with finishing up their final high school exams, these two are up at the crack of dawn ensuring Plett beachgoers are safe and sound.
Ellen was in Nippers training since she was 12-years-old and Etienne since 7-years-old. And now at 17, both have already had to put their skills to the test. But it's all in a day's work for these two, who share how they have had to balance their CPR training (apparently the hardest part of the overall process to qualify) along with their studies.
And what should you do if you find yourself caught in a rip-current?
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Let the current take you out beyond the break, and then swim sideways away from the rip. It is a big mistake to try to swim against it. Watch the interview with these two above for the full story.
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