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At the beginning of 2020, Sea Rescue launched its Survival Swimming Programme, which teaches children the basic skills to stay afloat should they find themselves in difficulty in the water.

The initiative came about after several stories emerged involving children drowning a metre or two from safety. They would not have needed to swim 50 metres to survive; they would only have needed to know how to move as little as five metres through the water to get to safety.

Our squads, made up of full time professional instructors and volunteers who want to share their joy of swimming with children, visit public swimming pools to teach the basics of survival swimming:

During one of our pilot programme sessions, it took just one two-hour lesson, for four instructors to assess and upskill 55 children.

These lessons are offered free of charge and are organised with the kind permission of facilities’ officers and by appointment.

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The NSRI has three core Drowning Prevention programmes – Water Safety Education, Pink Rescue Buoys and Survival Swimming – and offers a range of free resources and educational materials.

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"The best thing for me is seeing children who were our students successfully practising their floating. The pride that is written on their faces is priceless. And their new skills might one day save their lives."

Yaseen Gamiet, Drowning Prevention Coordinator

Read more about Survival Swimming

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UNCATEGORIZED  | Published: 28 November 2020

Survival swimming

Sea Rescue’s Pop-Up Survival Swimming Lessons returned to the Sea Point Pavillion Municipal Swimming Pool today after an extended winter break.Making sure that the lessons comply with Covid-19 safety regulations and best practice, the Pop-Up Survival Swimming programme kicked off ...

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NEWS  | Published: 6 October 2019

Sea Rescue Survival Swimming

A small group of Sea Rescue volunteer Survival Swimming instructors upskilled the basic swimming ability of 24 children at the Sea Point pavilion on Saturday. It was great to watch this new category of NSRI volunteer at work. Seeing instructors ...

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NEWS  | Published: 20 December 2016

HUNGRY LION SUPPORTS SAFE SWIMMING

The Quick Service Restaurant chain, Hungry Lion, is committed to protecting and saving lives in their local communities this festive season.In support of a Sea Rescue drowning prevention initiative Hungry Lion donated 2 000 pool noodles to NSRI.The rescue noodles ...