We visit schools around the country, teaching children about water safety, what to do in an emergency and how to do basic hands-on CPR. We have a team of 14 instructors, spread around South Africa, who visit children in their school classrooms specifically in poor communities where access to information is limited and the need is great. These are the children most likely to drown. The water safety lesson fits into one school period and teaches children in a fun and interactive way – how to be safe in and near water, how to help a friend without endangering themselves, who to call for help and how to do age-appropriate bystander hands-on CPR.
Since the programme started in 2006, we have taught over 1.8 million children about water safety. In 2017 we taught an extraordinary total of 367 857 children.
We were the proud runner up for an Outstanding Team Contribution in the International Maritime Rescue Federation H.E.R.O. awards.