Take note of these water safety tips – South Coast Herald

The mission of NSRI, rescuers, ambulances, fire and rescue services, South African law enforcement and local law enforcement is focused on reducing drowning on the coast, in inland waters and in swimming pools.

NSRI calls on coastal bathers to swim only on beaches protected by lifeguards and to swim between lifeguard safe swimming area flags displayed by lifeguards on the beach.

Lifeguards regularly move these flags when they sense the formation of return currents and we call on the public to obey lifeguards’ instructions to swim only between their flags.

Families visiting the beach should turn to lifeguards if they are separated from family members or need assistance.

They ask parents to ensure that there is a designated responsible person to supervise children in and around coastal and inland waters and in swimming pools.

NSRI has developed a safety monitor identification tag to be worn by the responsible person who watches children while they swim and to regularly change this responsible supervisor, who monitors children, every half hour to keep them safe. ensure that this designated person is not distracted by phone calls or by conversation during their period of dedicated supervision.

Do not drink alcohol and then go swimming, boating, paddling or windsurfing.


If you get caught in a reverse current, don’t panic, stay afloat using the air in your lungs for natural buoyancy and running water, moving your arms and legs in circular motions, to keep your head above water. Go with the reverse current, don’t try to swim against the current. Call for help. At your earliest opportunity, swim the waterfront until you are clear of the rip current, then use the incoming waves to make your way to the beach.


NSRI calls on the public not to fire red flares during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Red flares are intended for use only in an emergency. Red distress flares automatically activate an emergency response.

They also call on the public not to light sky lanterns. Although sky lanterns present a fire hazard, they are also often mistaken for red distress flares and often require the NSRI and emergency services to engage in lengthy search and investigation operations for s ‘ensure that there was no one in distress.


NSRI, in cooperation with local municipalities, has installed pink lifebuoys along the coastline and on inland waters to be used as a safety flotation device for those in distress.

These pink NSRI lifebuoys have been responsible for 84 lives saved in South African waters since the program’s inception in 2017.

Removing a pink lifebuoy from its post removes the lifesaving potential – unless the buoy is removed for use in a life-threatening aquatic emergency.

If you find a pink lifeline that is not on its post, please report it to NSRI on 0214344011 or drop it off at the nearest police station or surf shop so the pink lifeline can be returned in service.


With heavy rains affecting parts of South Africa, the NSRI is calling on the public not to swim or attempt to cross rivers swollen or inundated by heavy rains.


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