The annual beach safety project has been running successfully since 2008, keeping Hout Bay beach safe to residents and visitors to the bay.
The project relies mainly on members volunteering their time on the beach from 1 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.
At the end of the season we reward our loyal patrollers with vouchers and gifts from local companies in the bay as a way of thanking them for their hard work and time spent on the beach.
The following was secured for this season beach season:
- Law Enforcement (LE) / Fidelity ADT Trailer Caravans were placed at the Chapman's side of the beach
- Fidelity ADT guard for the season
- Deep Blue is the HQ for Beach Patrollers (radio charging and signing in/out)
- Dunes Restaurant sponsored patrollers a refreshment while on patrol and the briefing session
Basic Patrol Procedure
- First shift starting at 08.00 – Collect patroller’s bag from Deep Blue Offices
- Last shift ending at 20.00 – Drop patroller’s bag off at Deep Blue Offices
- Shifts thereafter to collect patroller’s bag from the previous shift at Deep Blue Offices. In case of a “no show” please return the bag to the Deep Blue office. (put radio on charge)
- Please wear the HBNW reflective vest AT ALL TIMES for the duration of your 2 hour patrol
- Do a radio check, by checking-in with Watchcon
- Walk the beach area from the Chapmans Peak side through to Mariners Wharf
- If raining or very windy you may choose to drive along beach front and to Mariners Wharf, or Park on Chapmans Peak drive and view the beach with binoculars
- When using a vehicle, ensure that the decals are displayed and visible.(decals available in the patrollers bag)
- When you have finished your patrol – always book off patrol via radio with Watchcon.
Do’s & Dont's of Patrolling
- Be Eyes and ears only. Do not approach or attempt to arrest any one
- Always have the radio readily available
- DO NOT display valuables such as Cellphone, cameras etc,
- A pair of binoculars is recommended while on patrol
- Make sure you know the correct radio protocol and procedures
- Should you not be familiar with the Radio process, please ask the Deep Blue Operator, or previous shift patroller for an explanation
- Always be visible while on patrol on foot or in your car
- Stay with your patrol partner
- Be alert at all times and report any irregularities or suspicious people and vehicles to Watchcon
- When reporting incidents to Watchcon please make sure to provide the following information:
- Your Location
- Suspect description – starting with shoes, and working your way up
- Reason for reporting suspect, what is the incident being reported
- If applicable provide vehicle descriptions: Make, Colour and registration number
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Remember the controllers cannot see what you can and need to get emergency response vehicles to you
- In the event of an incident please stay with the victim until the necessary help arrives
- Be helpful to tourists and visitors
- If a tourist or visitor is behaving in a manner which is unsafe to themselves or their belongings, putting themselves at unnecessary risk, a patroller may approach them and offer recommended alternatives to ensure their safety
- DO NOT drink alcohol before starting a patrol
- DO NOT drink alcohol while on patrol
- DO NOT Break any laws (Adhere to all traffic laws, beach by-laws etc.)
- DO NOT act violently
- DO NOT carry a firearm
- DO NOT compromise anyone’s safety and security
- DO NOT get yourself into a vulnerable situation
Important Contact Information
021 790 9333
9 Princess Street, Hout Bay
Patrol Collection Point
021 790 7901
Beach apartments – ground floor, (next door to FNB)
Hout Bay SAPS Office
021 791 9300 / 021 791 866
Note regarding Dogs on the Beach
There has been some recent discussion on social media regarding which areas of the beach are available for dog walkers.
At a recent meeting with senior law enforcement personnel it was confirmed that an arbitrary line in the sand cannot be an enforceable boundary line for where dogs are allowed or not allowed.
Despite the fact that the path of the river moves over time, this remains, as always, the boundary line between the dog free zone of the beach and the area where dogs are allowed.
During the holiday season this will be more strictly enforced and all dog walkers must ensure they remain on the Mariners Wharf/harbour side of the river and NOT on the Chapmans Peak side of the river.
Before 09h00 the Chapmans Peak side of the beach is open for horse riders and this makes it even more important that this rule is adhered to.
The beach area between the parking area and Mariners Wharf is only for dogs on leads while from the parking area to the river is a free running area for dogs.