Donate Call for Help Now Find a Base

NSRI EMERGENCY
OPERATION CENTRE (EOC)

087 094 9774
WESTERN CAPE
Friday, 11th December 2015
Sea Rescue partners with Western Cape Education Department to teach children water safety:
Sea Rescue’s educational initiative, The WaterWise Academy, is partnering with the Western Cape’s Education Department to teach children about water safety.
“We are exploring ways, with the Western Cape’s Education Department, to include basic water safety training for learners when they return to their classrooms in 2016,” said Sea Rescue marketing manager Andrew Ingram.
The NSRI’s WaterWise Academy has designed a series of lessons that will teach children how to avoid danger in or near water, how to rescue a friend while not endangering yourself, who to call for help and how to do Hands-On CPR.
The lessons are aimed at Primary school children.
“In South Africa there are 2 000 fatal drownings each year, 600 of which are children. That is the equivalent of nine double decker buses full of children who drown each year.”
“International averages suggest that 10 times this number of people are effected by non-fatal drowning,” says NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson.
This means that in the region of 20 000 South Africans, of which 6 000 are children, suffer the consequences of non-fatal drowning (hypoxia through submersion or immersion in water),” says Dr Robertson.
“The WaterWise Academy Instructors have taught over 260 000 children about water safety this year,” said Andrew Ingram.
“Our Instructors will carry on with the magnificent job that they are doing. But the only way to reach all 15 million children who are under 15 years of age is through the education system.”
“It is fantastic that the Western Cape Education Department is taking this so seriously, and we hope to have the opportunity to work with all the other Education Departments early next year,” said Andrew.
Pictures are available on Sea Rescue’s Flickr page: https://goo.gl/9MSn3O
-ENDS-
TO REPORT A SEA RESCUE EMERGENCY DIAL 112 FROM A CELLPHONE
SMS 32287 (R1/SMS) with your name and a message of support
Children play on Camps Bay beach Children play on Camps Bay beach.
Share
Next Article

Yacht assisted, Langebaan Lagoon. Fatal drowning, East London.

Read More

You may also like

Yzerfontein
RESCUES  | Published: 30 September 2022

Body of diver recovered - Yzerfontein

At 18h25, on Thursday, 29 September, NSRI Yzerfontein were alerted following reports from a local diver reporting that his dive partner, a local man aged in his 60’s, from Melkbosstrand, had gone missing while, it is believed that they may ...

Ermelo dam
RESCUES  | Published: 30 September 2022

Bodies of 2 teenagers recovered - Ermelo

At 17h09, Thursday, 29 September, NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) were alerted to reports from the National 112 emergency call centre of 2 teenagers (believed to be an 18-year-old male and a 16-year-old male), locals, who had gone missing while ...

Spiritof DHL Thumb
FUNDRAISING  | Published: 29 September 2022

Thank you, DHL Express

On Saturday, 10 September 2022, Station 34 (Yzerfontein) celebrated the blessing of their new 8.8m rescue vessel Spirit of DHL II, named in honour of longtime supporter and sponsor DHL. ...