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As an emergency rescue service operating on South African waters, our volunteer crew are required to achieve, master and maintain a wide range of skills to perform their lifesaving work in often very diverse scenarios.

To achieve this, each station around the country hosts regular training sessions for its crew. From time to time stations host each other for training and collaboration sessions, where knowledge and skills are shared.

Our training team visits each station at least once a year to perform on-site training and also holds regular structured three-day training courses, including coxswain assessment courses, at our Training Academy in Cape Town.

Staying current through agility and adaptability led to the development of our eLearning Academy, an online portal 
where volunteers can attend virtual training classes in theoretical aspects of rescue. With crew sustainability in mind, 
we also introduced an intensive shorter-form full-time rescue course that allows volunteers to achieve their crew badges and join a 

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The NSRI continues to develop its visibility and agility by training more sea-going and lifeguard crews,
enhancing our fleet, and extending our station footprint across South Africa.

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Paying it forward

Since 2018, the NSRI has been working with bursary students from Simon’s Town School’s Lawhill Maritime Centre. We provide mentorship and additional training by hosting students at rescue bases and offering a practical training camp, sponsored by the South African International Maritime Institute, to 10 Lawhill students each year.


Our free training portal

We have a free online learning portal called Bravo Bravo, which is open to absolutely anyone and offers courses in Maritime Emergency First Aid, fitness and more. It’s also home to specialised crew training programmes.

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Graeme Harding

“Our most prized assets are our volunteers. Keeping them well equipped and trained to perform their jobs safely and efficiently remains our key focus area.”

Graeme Harding, Head of Training