The NSRI Water Safety Education Programme, established in 2006, has reached more than 2,6 million children across South Africa. In 2018 Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene Of Monaco became Patron of this incredibly successful programme which gives free water safety lessons to children, targeting specifically disadvantaged children who are most at risk of drowning.
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 by a non-fatal drowning incident. 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 safely help 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 South Africa (PCMFSA) joined hands with us through sponsorship and over the past 4 years the relationship has developed.
We have worked with the PCMFSA 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.