The NSRI Education Programme, established in 2006, has reached 2 million children across South Africa. As we head into the next phase of growth, we welcome Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene Of Monaco as Patron of this programme.
South African-born, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is passionate about swimming, water safety and drowning prevention. She represented South Africa in the Sydney Olympics in 2000. In 2012 the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was established and is internationally acknowledged and celebrated for raising public awareness about the dangers of water, teaching children essential water safety skills and how to swim.
Drowning is a cause of great concern around the world. In South Africa more than 600 children die by drowning each year, and many more are disabled. Drownings are largely preventable and for that reason require commitment to education and public awareness.
Our instructors visit schools and teach children what to do in an emergency, who to call for help, how to rescue a friend and how to do HandsOn CPR.
Partnerships and collaboration have been critical to the success of this programme. In 2015, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (PCMF) joined hands with us through sponsorship and over the past 3 years the relationship has developed.
We have worked with the PCMF CEO, Ryk Neethling, to scope out a number of joint initiatives which we will roll out over the next 2 years, including a collaboration to develop an accredited survival swimming course which is not restricted by copyright, so that it can be freely shared countrywide and worldwide.
“We are excited to partner with the NSRI to reach as many children as possible to teach them basic water safety and CPR. The NSRI has a long track record in drowning prevention and its goals fall directly in line with those of Princess Charlene of Monaco in saving lives through education. This partnership will get us one step closer to reaching our goals of reaching 1 000 000 children per year,” says PCMF CEO, Ryk Neethling
Ryk Neethling is one of the most accomplished swimmers in history. An Olympic Gold Medalist and the first South African athlete to represent his country in four consecutive Olympic Games, he also holds the title of three-times World Champion and four-times World Record Breaker. During his time at Arizona, Ryk was named the American NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1999 and the University Arizona Athlete of the Century. Following his retirement from swimming, Ryk’s successful business career started with the launch of the Ryk Neethling Swimming Schools franchise in 2008.
“My swimming career started at the age of five after a near-drowning incident. I share the same passion for water safety as Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene.”