DHL South African Lifesaving Champs 2022

Message from President of Lifesaving South Africa

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all competitors, officials, safety officers, and supporters to Gqeberha for the 2022 DHL LSA Lifesaving Championships.  Lifesaving is the only sport which places such a huge value on humanitarianism and we all know that the world can do with lots of that value.

I wish all the competitors the very best of luck but would like to remind them that these championships act as a reward for their dedication to their duties as a lifeguard and that its primary aim is to improve their lifesaving skills. It is therefore very important to the management of Lifesaving South Africa that all the competitors at these championships compete in a spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. 

On behalf of the Management Board of Lifesaving South Africa, I would like to acknowledge Lifesaving Nelson Mandela Bay’s  local organising committee (LOC) and say thank you for all the hard work that has gone into the organising this  weeklong spectacle. To the officials, thank you for your time and dedication to the sport of lifesaving, at the same time we acknowledge the thousands of our members who stayed behind to prevent bathers from drowning at your local beaches, pools and inland waterways.

Finally, we present heartfelt appreciation to all of our Sponsors and Partners. To  DHL, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Penbev, The Treble Group, The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, the National Lotteries Board and the Department of Sport and Recreation – I would like to thank you on behalf of all the members of Lifesaving South Africa. Your partnership with Lifesaving ushers in a new and exciting time for lifesaving in South Africa and we look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership for the sake of our nation’s needs for safe recreation and livelihoods around water.

Dhaya Sewduth
President Lifesaving SA


On behalf of DHL, we would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the participants for this year’s DHL Lifesaving South African Champs, as well as to all the supporters, officials and organizers of this iconic event.

The DHL Lifesaving South African Champs celebrates the sport of Lifesaving, recognizing the effort and talent of the sport’s finest athletes. We’re a proud partner and are thrilled to be associated with this event.

Our organizational purpose at DHL is ‘Connecting People and Improving Lives’ and through our partnership with Lifesaving South Africa, we are truly able to deliver on this purpose.

Thank you to everyone involved and we wish you the very best for the competition – be safe and have fun!

Jed Michaletos
Country Manager, DHL Express South Africa

All results are unofficial and are subject to referee’s decisions



Port Elizabeth is a fascinating and significantly historical city that has always enjoyed its reputation as a laid-back seaside town. Here are some fascinating facts about “The Bay”:

  • Port Elizabeth is known as The Friendly City, The Windy City, Sport Elizabeth, Ibhayi, Nelson Mandela Bay, The 10-minute City (since everything is supposedly within a 10-minute drive) and Algoa Bay.
  • PE has a tropical coastal climate, making it relatively consistent throughout the year. The breeze off the sea keeps temperatures down significantly.
  • PE has hosted the Lifesaving South African National Championships in 2018 and 2019 and returns for 2020.
  • The global Iron Man™ competition is hosted by Port Elizabeth every year in April. This draws thousands of sportsmen and women from around the world, as well as spectators.
  • Port Elizabeth is the largest and most densely populated of the three towns comprising Nelson Mandela Bay.
  • PE is well known for its stunning beaches, which stretch for some 40 kilometres along the coast. Kings Beach will host the 2020 Wimpy Lifesaving South Africa National Championships. Kings Beach has Blue Flag status.
  • PE was one of the Host Cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and had to have a stadium built especially for this event.
  • Famous sportsmen that were born in PE include Wayne Parnell (South African cricketer), Schalk Burger (Springbok rugby player), Robin Peterson (South African cricketer) and Ashwell Prince (South African cricketer).
  • PE folk are known as Port Elizabethans.
  • The telephone area code is 041.
  • Port Elizabeth is situated approximately halfway between Durban and Cape Town making it the ideal location to host National Champs.




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