NSRI teaches kids about water safety
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said more than 600 children die in South Africa by drowning each year.
Siyabonga Mthethwa, a water safety instructor, visits schools, clinics and organisations around Durban to educate them on water safety.
“More than half of drownings of children under five occur in or near the home. This is usually the case of swimming pools, dams, lakes and rivers. The Sea Rescue Water Safety Programme teaches children about the dangers of playing in or near water. It also informs parents and caregivers of ways to make them feel safer,” he said.
The NSRI focus on children from poor communities, where access to water safety information is limited and the need for the lessons is great. These are the children who are most likely to drown.
“Our water safety lesson fits into a school period and teaches children who are most likely to drown,” said Mthethwa.
What they teach:
- To spot the dangers and to keep themselves and others safe by having a plan before they go to the beach.
- They let children and adults practice doing chest compressions (hands on CPR) on a CPR doll.
During the school holidays parents and caregivers are asked to be very cautious when children are in or near water at all times. Never leave a child unattended near or in water even for a few seconds.
The NSRI Water Safety Education Programme, established in 2006, has reached more than 2, 6 million children across South Africa.
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