Water Safety

Partnership with the National Sea Rescue Institute South Africa – 05.11.2018

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa has become a partner of the National Sea Rescue Institute Education Programme.

This Programme, established in 2006, has reached almost 2 million children across South Africa. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco is Patron of this programme.

Drowning is a cause of great concern around the world. In South Africa more than 600 children die by drowning each year, and many more are disabled.

Drownings are largely preventable and for that reason require commitment to education and public awareness.
NSRI was established some 50 years ago as a search and rescue organisation. In 2006 the lack of data around drowning led NSRI to request a research document from the Medical Research Council, the results of which showed that children were most at risk, and principally children from impoverished communities. This led to the establishment of the NSRI Education Programme which has to date reached just shy of 2 million children.

Our instructors visit schools and teach children what to do in an emergency, who to call for help, how to rescue a friend and how to do Hands On CPR.

Partnerships and collaboration has been critical to the success of this programme. In 2015 the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (PCMF) joined hands with us through sponsorship and over the past 3 years the relationship has developed.

" Working together with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is the extension of our collaboration, cooperation and partnership strategy within the NSRI to create a wide network within which to prevent drowning through public awareness, education and survival swimming skills development. We have a huge challenge to reach a million school children every year and make them ‘safe’ and with the Foundation we believe we can give children a future," said NSRI’s CEO, Dr Cleeve Robertson.

"We have worked with the the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation CEO Ryk Neethling to scope out a number of joint initiatives which we will roll out over the next 2 years, including a collaboration to develop an accredited survival swimming course which is not restricted by copyright, so that it can be freely shared countrywide and worldwide. Each initiative scoped out ensures that we save lives, change lives and creates a future for one person, one family and one community at a time,” said Dr Robertson.

“We are excited to partner with the NSRI to reach as many children as possible to teach them basic water safety and CPR. The NSRI has a long track record in drowning prevention and its goals fall directly in line with those of HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco in saving lives through education. This partnership will get us one step closer to reaching our goals of reaching 1 000 000 children per year,” says Mr. Neethling.
For more information on Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa visit www.pcmfsa.co.za