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Who we are

Sea Rescue is a volunteer rescue organisation that is on call 24/7. Our mission is to save lives on South African waters. But we’re more than a rescue service. We educate communities and strive to innovate and constantly evolve and extend our water-safety initiatives through empowerment and visibility.

In this section

An overview of our organisation, its history and people.

What Sea Rescue does

Our volunteer crew, based at 45 stations around South Africa, including rivers and five inland dams, is here to respond to emergencies at sea, on beaches, on dams, in rivers.

We mobilise for swift-water and flooding scenarios, fires on vessels, and medical evacuations off ships and coastal clifftops. We assist commercial trawlers and leisure yachts. We activate for fishermen, swimmers, anglers, hikers, paddlers and surfers. Families and communities are impacted emotionally and economically when lives are lost. Through water-safety education and active rescue, we can save lives, change lives and create futures.

Why it works

Our sea-going crew is complemented by a volunteer Lifeguard Unit and Survival Swimming squads, a host of dedicated full-time water-safety personnel, an Emergency Operations Centre situated at our head office, and dedicated fundraisers who are in communication with our donors and supporters. We’re a people’s organisation, constantly innovating and expanding our footprint to serve our communities through preventive services and education.

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How you can help

You can become an active part of our donor community by donating to our projects or entering our Monthly Cash Prize Draw and NSRI Double Mitsubishi Car Competition
Offer your time and join our Survival Swimming squad or Lifeguard Unit. We will train you so you’ll know exactly what to do
Help us spread the water-safety message by inviting our instructors to your schools and clubs or arrange a tour with your local Sea Rescue base to discover exactly what we do

Sea Rescue couldn’t operate without your support. Each life saved and child educated is thanks to your contributions and donations

Our values

ALTRUISM

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We love the sea and combine this love with our commitment to help others.

FAMILY

Family
We have strong family values as individuals, as stations and as an organisation.

CARING

Caring
We care about people. The medical care that we provide extends this value to the people we rescue.

PRIDE

Pride
We are a proud organisation. Proud of the service we deliver, proud of each other and proud to be South African.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability
We are accountable to the people who we serve, for the service that we deliver and to each other for support.

SAFETY

Safety
We value the safety of our crews and that of our patients above everything. And we don’t compromise in ensuring their well-being at sea.

Read more about who we are

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RESCUE BASES  | Published: 28 September 2021

Base Showcase: Station 5 (Durban)

In the fourth of a series of stories on NSRI bases around the country, we chat to a few crew members at Station 5 (Durban) to find out more about the base and its family of volunteers.

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VOLUNTEERS  | Published: 28 September 2021

Meet the Mays from Station 21 (St Francis)

The Mays are perhaps unique in the NSRI family, as currently all four family members, including two teenage children, are volunteering at Station 21 (St Francis Bay). Loyalty, kindness, a willingness to learn and grow seem to run in this spirited family.

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RESCUE BASES  | Published: 22 July 2021

Base Showcase: Station 3 (Table Bay)

In the second of a series of stories on NSRI bases around the country, we chat to a few crew members at Station 3 (Table Bay) to find out more about the base and its family of volunteers.

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VOLUNTEERS  | Published: 31 August 2021

Meet the Shamleys from Station 21 (St Francis)

Pat, Clive and Garth Shamley share their experiences of volunteering together at Station 21 (St Francis Bay).

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RESCUE BASES  | Published: 31 August 2021

Base Showcase: Station 4 (Mykonos)

In the third of a series of stories on NSRI bases around the country, we chat to a few crew members at Station 4 (Mykonos) to find out more about the base and its family of volunteers.

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VOLUNTEERS  | Published: 22 July 2021

Meet the Van Stadens from Station 12 (Knysna)

In the second of our family stories, we chatted to dad Chris and brothers Marc and Grant van Staden, who between them have 69 years of experience at Station 12 (Knysna).