Adults are at risk of drowning like kids, warns NSRI

National Sea Rescue Institute in operation

National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI ) is a national non-profit organisation that deals with drowning prevention; mostly through water safety education and rescue.

This is a very necessary service since a staggering 600 children drown in South Africa every year!

The classroom-based water safety programme was started in 2006 and has reached more than 2.6 million people nationwide; giving lessons on how to be safe around all bodies of water like rivers, dams, swimming pools.

To keep children safe around the house, parents should

  1. Know where their children are at all times; if you can’t see them, look first in places where there is water.
  2. Ensure  that water in bath tubs, basins and buckets is not left unattended
  3. Install a safety net around pools and even children who are strong swimmers should not be left unsupervised.

Adults are as much at risk of drowning; as we saw in the recent drowning of three sangomas in Kwa Zulu Natal. Leaders who practice baptisms or initiations in rivers or dams should also make sure that their congregation is safe. Are they using safe practices?

In the sad event of a drowning incident, dial 112, the emergency number.

With the nationwide lockdown we are spreading our water safety messages on social media platforms, radio stations and newspapers. We also offer virtual lessons on Microsoft teams to schools that have access to the internet.

To contact Mr Mthombeni for free water safety lessons please send an email to or call him on 0735077270

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