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Our Survival Swimming lessons are critical to teaching children and adults from disadvantaged communities what to do if they find themselves in difficulty in the water. A significant challenge has been to find a water body to teach these lessons that is accessible and safe in these often underserviced communities.

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“We hope to create a swimming culture amongst the children and teachers who we have taught how to swim. The skills the teachers will gain will allow them to teach upcoming students how to survive in water,”

Andrew Ingram, Drowning Prevention Manager


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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 24 April 2023

Making headway: Survival Swimming Programme update

As the season draws to a close, Drowning Prevention Project Coordinator Nazreen Adams shares some highlights and gives us an update on her team’s progress.

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 28 March 2023

WATCH: KZN school receives Survival Swimming Centre

In January, Duduzile Junior Secondary School on the South Coast became the recipient of the NSRI’s third mobile Survival Swimming Centre.

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 28 March 2023

Licence to swim!

Residents of a rural community in the Eastern Cape recently celebrated the awarding of certificates to 67 locals who have completed the NSRI’s Survival Swimming training.

SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 6 February 2023


The benefits of learning how to swim are endless and the benefits extend beyond the pool environment. This important lifesaving skill creates a sense of self-security, especially for children. Situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal Duduzile Secondary School recently received a Survival Swimming Centre (SSC) from the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). This is according to Andrew Ingram, NSRI’s Drowning Prevention Manager who is excited that the NSRI Survival Swimming Instructors started teaching the first children, and teachers, the basic principles of surviving a sudden immersion in water. “These lessons are how to control your breathing, how to orientate yourself in the water, how to float, and how to move at least 5 meters in the water,” states Ingram.

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EDUCATION  | Published: 26 January 2023

Kids’ water safety collab

John Dory’s together with the NSRI are proud to announce their collaboration on a Survival Swimming programme for primary school students at Addington Primary School.

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SURVIVAL SWIMMING  | Published: 5 December 2022

Facing her fears for her sons

Primary school English and Social Science teacher Sanelisiwe Madukwana tells us the story of her heart-breaking loss and how learning survival swimming has helped her and her family heal.