The Covid-19 lockdown has hit South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute’s schools programme, with less than half the planned number of children getting water safety lessons this year ahead of the holiday season. Spokesperson Craig Lambinon told Ground Up Media that this year the Institute, which employs 21 water safety instructors, had hoped to reach 600,000 children with their lessons on water safety in the sea and in inland waters taught in several languages, but due to Covid-19 were only able to reach just over 165 000. Lambinon also warned people of the dangers of “peer rescue”, explaining that well-meaning, but untrained, people who swam out to help someone who was drowning could also drown if they were grabbed by someone in a panic.
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