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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.


“What drives me is knowing the Survival Swimming skills we teach, not only can save a life one day but will also change the lives of generations to come.’’

Caville Abrahams, Drowning Prevention Regional Team Leader

Read more about Survival Swimming

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 21 December 2021

Valuable life skills gained through Survival Swimming

The Survival Swimming programme at Leliebloem House has given two young girls the chance to change lives - both their own and those of more kids.

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 21 December 2021

Survival Swimming: Growth through hard work and donations

The Survival Swimming programme is going from strength to strength. Find out more about a couple of the initiative’s key sponsors, as well as what’s planned for the next few months.

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 28 November 2020

Survival swimming

Sea Rescue’s Pop-Up Survival Swimming Lessons returned to the Sea Point Pavilion Municipal Swimming Pool today after an extended winter break

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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.

NEWS  | Published: 20 December 2016


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