Put your hand up to help at sea

2017-07-11 06:02
An NSRI volunteer gears up during a routine run at Strandfontein beach.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

An NSRI volunteer gears up during a routine run at Strandfontein beach.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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If the sea and saving lives are your passion, sign up to become a volunteer of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI).

With the Strandfontein NSRI base’s volunteers serving the coast from Macassar to Muizenberg and 10km out at sea, the volunteers give up their time to help many others and save lives at sea.

With everything from sea rescue to animals in distress and stranded boats out at sea, the volunteers are trained to deal with a variety of rescue missions.

“This is not for everyone, but if this is what you want to do, come and we will invest time and money in you,” says Vaughn Seconds, Strandfontein NSRI station ­commander.

Those who put up their hands can look forward to training that is much more than just training on lifesaving.

“The institute has invested lots of money on its training programme and training is becoming more standardised. The institute really does invest in the volunteers,” says Seconds.

Although many believe the NSRI only deals with sea rescue, Seconds says there is also room for people to volunteer in other ­areas.

“You do not have to go out on sea. We need volunteers in the operations room to see that computers are working, we need medics, radio controllers, navigation specialists and maintenance officers,” says Seconds.

The station currently has two crews working on rotation of one week on and one week off.

V To become a volunteer or for more information visit the station on a Sunday or visit www.nsri.org.za.

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