On the 17th March 2016, Kings Beach Surf Lifesaving Club (SLC) hosted the 2016 Lifesaving South Africa Surf Nationals for Masters. This is the most prestigious event on the Lifesaving South Africa calendar as it draws top lifesaving clubs from across South Africa to compete in the event. Twenty-nine lifesaving clubs from around South Africa took part in this year's event.


Andrew Marriott, an NMMU lecturer in the Department of Marketing Management, took part in the event and was awarded a silver medal for 2nd position in the Beach Relay even for his local lifesaving club, Sardinia Bay. He also placed 4th in the Ironman event, 4th in the Run/Swim/Run event, 5th in the Board Race and 6th in the Surf Swim event.

Lifesaving South Africa (LSA) is the official governing body of the voluntary lifesaving movement in South Africa to which all the competing lifesaving clubs are affiliated. To qualify as a Master's lifeguard, candidates need to be 30 years or older. Most Masters boast many years of experience.

Many of these athletes have come through the nipper ranks of their clubs and qualified as senior lifeguards once they turned 16. There are numerous Masters who continue to perform active lifeguard duty on South African beaches and are also actively involved in training new generations of lifeguards. Andrew is a qualified LSA lifeguard instructor.

ABOVE: Mr Andrew Marriott