Mossel Bay have five WESSA blue flag beaches. We are very proud and happy that Santos beach, De Bakke beach, Hartenbos beach, Glentana and Klein Brakrivier beach are all part of this prestigious group of beaches in South Africa.
The greater Mossel Bay is home to no less than sixty kilometres of long, sandy beaches as well as beach-going weather throughout the year. There is also plenty of beach stuff to do in Mossel Bay like swimming, sailing, surfing, fishing and walking. Feel like 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
Beach patrol services and lifeguards have already been deployed on the five blue flag beaches in the greater Mossel Bay, such as Glentana, Great Brak River, De Bakke, Santos, Cloete se Gat, Diaz and Kleinbrak, and will also operate on the other popular swimming beaches from December 14, 2019.
The beach patrols are to serve as the eyes and ears of municipal law enforcement officers and to politely address any conduct that is inconsistent with municipal notices and bylaws. Should a problem persist, the patrolling officers will call on either the law enforcement officers or the SA Call police if necessary.
The purpose of the beach patrol services is to visibly patrol and by their presence, to be a deterrent that may prevent unacceptable behaviour. The beach patrol members will also assist where possible to make the beach experience as memorable as possible.
However, lifeguards call for beachgoer’s cooperation by always responding to their instructions and by staying strictly in the designated swimming area.
Some areas, such as the beach at Dana Bay, are not ideal swimming beaches and holidaymakers are urged not to swim there. The ocean currents on Dana Bay make it a very dangerous beach, although it is ideal for long walks along the sea.
Residents and holidaymakers are requested to note the guidelines for dogs on beaches as well as the ban on fireworks. An urgent request is also made for beachgoers to remove all their litter from the beaches when they leave after a day of fun in the sun.
To report all marine strand-lings, call 072 227 4715
Carol Walton | 072 227 4715
What to do when you find a seal pup stranded on the beach? CLICK HERE
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Beach-goers are advised not to swim at any of the Dana Bay beaches due to dangerous currents and sea conditions at times. No lifesavers on duty.
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
044 604 6271
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 990 5954
Annually, during the period from 1 December to 31 January, dogs may be walked on the following beaches on the demarcated areas between the hours of 05:00 and 08:00 in the mornings and 18:00 and 20:00 at night.
• Santos beach – only for the duration of officially proclaimed doggy walks. Note that dogs are NOT allowed at any other time
• Diaz Beach – between the estuary and Bayview
• Hartenbos – between the river mouth and Little Brak River, excluding the Blue Flag beach between the river mouth and the northern boundary of the parking lot
Reebok / Tergniet
• Dana Bay – only between First and Second beaches
BLUE FLAG BEACHES
Blue Flag status applies in Mossel Bay from 9 December to 10 January. Then no dogs are allowed on the Blue Flag beaches of Glentana, Klein Brak River, Hartenbos, De Bakke or Santos.
During the period from 1 February to 30 November annually, dog owners are allowed to walk their dogs between the hours of 06:00 and 20:00 on the beaches mentioned above.
CODE OF CONDUCT
People who walk their dogs on beaches must adhere to the following code of conduct:
• Dogs must always be under strict control of the owner / dog walker at all times
• Dogs must be leashed at all times
• • Dog handlers must have control of their dogs at all times and not allow them to interfere with the pleasure of others using the public beach areas
• Vicious dogs must be muzzled
• Give right of way to people unaccompanied by dogs
• Dog handlers must be responsible for removing their dog’s faeces from beaches, grass areas, paths, car parks and any other areas used by pedestrians. Faeces should be removed from all areas immediately and either removed from the site or placed in appropriate bins
• Bitches on heat may not be walked in the public beach areas
• Dog handlers must ensure that their dogs do not chase or injure wild life
• Public beach area notices must be complied with
Beaches between Boggomsbaai and Vleesbaai
Dog owners are allowed to walk their dogs between the hours of 06:00 and 20:00 on the beach area between the most southern part of the beach at Boggomsbaai and the north of First Beach at Vleesbaai
Apart from the same rules as described above, dog handlers must remain on the public beach areas and approved paths and tracks at all times. No new paths may be created and no shortcuts may be taken.