eMdloti / uMdloti Pilot Blue Flag Beaches

North Beach, South Beach, Estuary

Tides & Solunar Table

Current Tide & Tide Table

tides for fishing

Water Quality Report

Results as of 21 November 2016
Umdloti Beach: ecoli 10
Umdloti South: ecoli 63
Umdloti Tidal Pool: ecoli 265

Surf Forecast

eMdloti / uMdloti Lifeguards

Please swim only in Lifeguard controlled areas

October to April: 6am to 6pm
May to September: 7am to 5pm
Thabani Gumede

Thabani Gumede

Wiseman Matola

Wiseman Matola

What is a rip current?

A rip current is a seaward moving current found at surf beaches and near fixed structures such as jetties and piers. Rip currents are formed when waves breaking in the surf zone push large amounts of water ashore. (The surf zone is the area between breaking waves and the beach) As waves travel into the beach, the water in the surf zone must find a way to travel out to sea. As the water in the surf zone travels seaward it creates currents. These currents typically form in the deepest areas of the ocean floor and around fixed structures, as these areas provide the least resistance for the water to travel seaward.

What is the difference between a

rip current, rip tide and undertow?

Rip currents are sometimes mistakenly called ‘rip tides’ or ‘undertows’. These are misnomers. Rip currents are not directly associated with tides and they do not pull people under.

Do swimmers drown in a rip current?

Rip currents can be very strong and deep and stretch hundreds of yards from shore. Drowning occurs when swimmers become caught in a rip current and can no longer keep themselves afloat or swim back to shore.

What can I do to avoid rip currents?

Ask a lifeguard where to swim, stay within your ability and where you can touch bottom at all times. Always swim near and obey instructions from lifeguards.

eMdloti / uMdloti Lifeguard Tower

The construction of a new lifeguard tower in eMdolti has been identified as a priority project by the eThekwini Municipality Parks Department. For more information, take a look at the eMdloti / uMdloti Lifeguard Tower Presentation – 2 Feb 2016.

Public Safety

Please swim only in Lifeguard controlled areas
October to April: 6am to 6pm
May to September: 7am to 5pm

Fishing Regulations

Please adhere to the fishing regulations and stipulated hours. For more information about demarcated fishing spots, you can access the North Coast Fishing Areas document here.

Junior Lifeguard Programme

Become a Volunteer Lifesaver What are the benefits of being a Durban Surf Volunteer Lifesaver? Surf lifesaving is about satisfaction. Having fun, being physically fit, learning teamwork and aquatic safety skills, competing in surf sports, and helping make surfing a safer pastime. Durban Surf can offer a range of opportunities which will promote:
There is a place for everyone in surf lifesaving. If you are unable to perform the duties of an active surf lifesaver, then perhaps assistance in the administration, communications or fundraising areas is for you. For more information, please visit http://www.dslc.co.za/join-the-red-tide/become-a-volunteer-lifesaver/