Water Safety Talks

WaterWise Instructor Percy Mthombeni teaches Soweto children about water safety and how to do CPR.

Percy Mthombeni teaches school children in Soweto about water safety & how to do HandsOn CPR.

Sea Rescue estimates that there are 2 000 fatal drowning incidents in South Africa every year.  600 of these fatal drownings are children. That is the equivalent of ten buses full of children who drown – every single year. 

According to the Medical Research Council, those most at risk of drowning are children from poor communities. The highest incidence of drowning is in fresh water, farm dams, swimming pools and rivers.

Sea Rescue visits schools to teach children how to avoid danger in or near water, what to do in an emergency, how to safely rescue a friend, who to call for help and how to do HandsOn CPR. The interactive presentation is given in the classroom at no charge. Watch a video here.

Our Instructors have taught over 1,8 million children about water safety since we started this programme in 2006. We have 20 Instructors  based around the country.

Western Cape: West Coast, Cape Flats, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Paarl, Ceres, George

Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth, East London, Port St Johns

Kwazulu Natal:  Shelly Beach, Howick, Zinkwazi, Richards Bay

Gauteng: Soweto (two instructors), Sedibeng

You can see a breakdown of our statistics here.

Because even good swimmers drown – it is important to teach our children how to swim or stay afloat – but it is also important to teach children what to do in an emergency and how to be safe in and near water.

Soweto based WaterWise Instructor Kenneth Gagela teaches children the WaterWise PLAN.

Kenneth Gagela teaches children the Sea Rescue PLAN.

We need your help:

We need to reach more children. Our current challenge is to source the funding to train more Instructors.
Six of our  Instructors are proudly sponsored by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and two by Santam.

Partnership Opportunities:

Sponsor an Instructor per annum   R 260 110 (2018),  R 286 130 (2019),  R 314 733 (2020)

Funders earn SARS 18A benefits and BEE points for their BBBEE scorecard.

To discuss sponsorship please contact Stuart Moerdyk or Alison Smith 021 434 4011

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Zanele Bushwane teaches HandsOn CPR in Nyanga