Mossel Bay

Our Beaches

Mossel Bay has no less than 3 Blue Flag Beaches… what more could you ask for?

Mossel Bay’s Blue Flag Beaches

Mossel Bay have 3 out of the 23 Blue Flag Beaches in the Western Cape. We are proud and happy to announce that De Bakke Beach, Hartenbos Beach and Klein Brak Beach are all part of this prestigious group of beaches in South Africa.

Other than that, we have very popular beaches in the form of Santos Beach, Diaz Beach, Great Brak River Beach and Glentana Beach.

No less than sixty kilometres of long, sandy beaches – and beach-going weather throughout the year.

There’s plenty of beach stuff to do in Mossel Bay – stuff like swimming, surfing, fishing, and walking. But doing nothing at all? That’s what everyone likes best at the beach. Especially on beaches like ours.

What is a Blue Flag Beach?

A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). For more information visit the Blue Flag South Africa

Ocean Awareness 101

How do I avoid getting stuck in a current?

  • Never go swimming alone and always watch your friend. Use the buddy system
  • Always keep an eye on a fixed point or marker on the beach
  • Always make sure your feet can touch the ground
  • Never swim in rough water
  • Always swim between the lifesaver’s red-and-yellow flags

What do I do if I DO get stuck in a current?

  • Do not panic and stay calm
  • Never swim against or directly into the current
  • If you have a surfboard or body board wit you, stay on it. It will keep you a float.
  • Use one arm to keep you afloat and hold the other one up to signal for help. Stay calm
  • Let the current take you out to sea and then assess how you can get back to shore (rip currents work in circular patterns)

How do I recognise a current:

  • Current strength is determined by the tide and wind, which in turn affect the size of the waves
  • Currents are usually discolored, sandy brown
  • Currents ripples the surface of the sea
  • Currents usually start in deep water where there is little wave activity.

5 Golden Rules of swimming at the beach:

  • Never swim alone
  • Always keep an eye on a fixed marker on the beach
  • Stay waist- to chest-deep, and keep your feet on the ground
  • Swim between the flags wherever life savers are on duty
  • After a you eat, wait at least 30 minutes before you swim

And finally:

  • Always respect Mother Nature, the sea.
  • Keep the beach clean and tidy.
  • Always tell your parents or care takers that you are going to the beach.
  • Be responsible on the beach, do not drink alcohol or eat before entering the water.
  • It’s very important that you share this knowledge and information with your parents, friends, brothers and sisters.
  • If you can abide by these simple rules you will be able to enjoy swimming in the sea and still be safe.

Thanks for this material:

Emergency number: NSRI Mossel Bay

NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) emergency telephone: 044 604 6271

Break the grip of the rip

Please see – and download – the infographic on rip currents in our gallery below (with thanks to the NSRI:

  • Thanks for this video, Dr Rob Brander (‘Dr Rip’) of the University of New South Wales.
  • Download more greaat beach safety information from Dr Rip’s site: