Drowning continues to be a problem and numbers are higher during the busy festive season. CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson on what to avoid when going to the beach and how to keep safe.
Cleeve advises that swimming pools should be covered at all times to avoid children drowning.
He says parents need to be vigilant when visiting public pools because lifeguards aren't able to monitor bathers when it's too crowded.
Stay as close as possible to your children when you are around the water.— Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO
To the beach goers, Cleeve says people should learn to swim between the flags where lifeguards can easily spot you.
Familiarise yourself with the beach signage so that you understand what a rip current is. This is a major problem on all the beaches.— Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO
There is definitely not enough lifeguards around our coastline and you need to be aware of it and swim at life guarded beaches.— Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO
To hear more tips on how to stay safe this summer, listen below: