600 C­hild­ren die per y­e­ar

Suid-Kaap FORUM - - Voorblad -

SOUTH CA­PE The Sea Res­cue pro­gram­me in schools is the e­du­ca­ti­o­nal i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve of the Na­ti­o­nal Sea Res­cue In­s­ti­tu­te, with a vi­si­on to pro­acti­ve­ly pre­vent dro­w­ning tra­ge­dies. Their pri­ma­ry fo­cus is on c­hild­ren from un­der­pri­vi­le­ged com­mu­ni­ties, as they are most at risk of dro­w­ning. E­ven com­pe­tent swim­mers can dro­wn so, inste­ad of te­a­ching c­hild­ren to swim, they te­ach them how to be sa­fe in and ne­ar wa­ter and how to res­cue their peers. The aim is to ma­ke young­sters a­wa­re of the dan­gers a­round wa­ter, to gi­ve them a hand­son practi­cal ex­pe­rien­ce of how to act in an e­mer­gen­cy, who to call for help and w­hat to do whi­le they wait for help to ar­ri­ve. If teens are em­po­we­red with the va­lu­a­ble li­fe skill of ba­sic by­stan­der CPR, fe­wer wa­ter­re­la­ted in­ci­dents would re­sult in fa­tal dro­w­nings. They fit a les­son in­to a school pe­ri­od and the c­hild­ren are taug­ht in their class­room w­he­re they are sa­fe and in a fra­me of mind to le­arn. The Sea Res­cue pro­gram­me in schools is spon­so­red by Trans­net Na­ti­o­nal Ports Aut­ho­ri­ty (TNPA). They cur­rent­ly ha­ve 14 full-ti­me in­struc­tors and ni­ne vo­lun­teers in the a­ca­de­my. Sin­ce 2006 they ha­ve e­du­ca­ted mo­re than 1 500 000 c­hild­ren in wa­ter sa­fe­ty, te­a­ching them how to a­void dan­ger, w­hat to do in an e­mer­gen­cy, who to call for help, and how to start hands-on CPR whi­le they wait for help to ar­ri­ve. Con­tact the NSRI S­ta­ti­on 31 S­til­baai at 028 754 5978 for mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on.

The vi­si­on of the Sea Res­cue pro­gram in schools is to pro­acti­ve­ly pre­vent dro­w­ning tra­ge­dies. T­his pro­gram is the e­du­ca­ti­o­nal i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve of the Na­ti­o­nal Sea Res­cue In­s­ti­tu­te and their pri­ma­ry fo­cus is on c­hild­ren from un­der­pri­vi­le­ged com­mu­ni­ties, as they are most at risk of dro­w­ning. P­ho­to: A­let­ta Sut­her­land

C­hild­ren are taug­ht in their class­room w­he­re they are sa­fe and in a fra­me of mind to le­arn.

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