NSRI volunteers regularly respond to people in difficulty close to the shore. Sea Rescue crews have modified their method of responding to these emergencies. The interventions include a change in the type of craft that we use, new innovations in the training of our crews and a concerted effort in building relationships with other organisations in the interest of drowning prevention.
Leading the way in this initiative is NSRI Station18 Melkbosstrand which has formed a Lifesaving unit within the structure of their Sea Rescue station.
Says NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson, “It is a natural progression for Sea Rescue to get involved with Lifeguarding. We already respond regularly to drowning in progress emergencies, often working closely with Lifesaving clubs and professional lifeguards. This step of training our NSRI volunteers to be lifeguards, and giving them the opportunity to get the internationally recognised Lifeguard Award will allow us to improve and expand our rescue capability.”
With the setting up of a new Lifeguard unit comes specialist rescue equipment including inshore rescue boats, quad bikes, rescue boards, specialist wetsuits and lifejackets and of course our trademark pink torpedo buoys. Our Melkbos Lifeguards are also keen to take part in regional and national lifeguarding competitions. For this specialist sport, which keeps lifeguards rescue fit and very sharp, our Melkbos Lifeguards require highly technical equipment.
NSRI Lifeguards’ focus is on saving lives at beaches through education, prevention and rescue. To do this we have highly motivated and competitive volunteer lifeguards who need your help to fund essential equipment.
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