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NSRI to collaborate with WC Education on water saftey programme

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) will work together with the Western Cape Education Department to develop a water safety programme for young children.

The NSRI's Cleeve Robertson said there is a lack of education and awareness around swimming and safety in South Africa.

Robertson said that the institute will partner with other educators to teach basics such as water safety, self-rescue, CPR and emergency numbers.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Child drowning is a leading cause of death for children younger than five, most of which are fresh water incidents.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute

We approached the department and they were very receptive to the concept.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute

They will include the WaterWise programme in the basic education curriculum. It a huge step to achieving water safety in South Africa.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute

I'm sure other provinces will follow suit.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, CEO of the National Sea Rescue Institute

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