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Our people are the foundation of our service, and the cornerstone of our mandate to save lives, change lives and create futures in South Africa.

NSRI's rescue stations are manned by over 1350 unpaid volunteers who are on call 24/7, ready to respond to water-related emergencies. We have a core staff operating from our Head Office in Cape Town, and a number of full and part-time water-safety educators, marketers, lifeguards and call-centre staff working off site.

As an organisation, we are committed to transparency, transformation, diversity and sustainability in everything we do. We’re agile in our approach to change, offer a professional service, and remain ahead of the curve when it comes to providing our volunteers with world-class training and the latest equipment available to support their life-saving work.

We immerse ourselves in the communities where we operate, extending our values to create a broader family network in and beyond our organisation.

It's what our volunteers do

PHOTO Adrian Fransman Rocky Bay

“I love that quick burst of adrenaline that runs through your veins when the phone rings, followed by donning your full PPE, the coxswain briefs the crew, and suddenly you are facing an unpredictable swell that soaks the daylights out of you. There’s no better satisfaction than engaging in a successful rescue operation.” Adrian lives by the words “go deep, go bravely, or don’t go at all.”

Adrian Fransman

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