Teaching children safe swimming

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LIFESAVING South Africa hosted children from a Durban primary school to a water and beach safety educational excursion on Wednesday.

Lifeguard Phumlani Mkhize holds Bethel Gwasira, 9, on his shoulders when Lifesaving SA did a Water Smart school beach event at Durban’s uShaka Marine World on Wednesday Picture: JACKIE CLAUSEN

About 79 children from Athlone Primary School in Amanzimtoti were taken to uShaka Marine World for an interactive water safety programme.

The outing was part of Lifesaving South Africa’s Water Smart programme, a school based water safety programme.

The children participated in activities and took part in a guided marine environment learning experience at uShaka’s Sea World.

Lifesaving South Africa this year reached 80 schools and 12 000 children with the aim of teaching water safety in a more practical way.

In South Africa last year there were over 1 500 drownings, with more than half under the age of 15.

TASCHICA PILLAY

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