On Monday, 1 December 2020, the new season started after Grotto, Hawston, Kleinmond and Castle Beach were awarded the right to hoist the prestigious Blue Flag for the summer. Further recognition was given to Onrus Beach which received Pilot Blue Flag status for the second year.
The Blue Flag Season will run from 1 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 for Hawston, Kleinmond and Castle Beach and Grotto will have an extended season until 31 March 2021.
Lifeguards will be on duty daily from 09:00 until 18:00 for the duration of the Blue Flag season. Swim only where there are lifeguards on duty and where signs indicate that it's safe. Beach wheelchairs are available for use at Grotto and Kleinmond during the Blue Flag Season while lifeguards are on duty.
At the flag ceremony Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee thanked everyone for the different roles they played in ensuring the quality and cleanliness of these beaches have been consistently maintained.
Grotto beach celebrates a remarkable 20 consecutive years’ on the programme - one of only two beaches in South Africa - whilst Hawston and Kleinmond Beaches have both enjoyed Blue Flag status for 15 years. Castle Beach will now be flying its flag as a full status Blue Flag Beach for the second successive year.