ONE of the negative aspects of summer in South Africa is the number of drownings. Now thanks to an initiative by Illovo Sugar and Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club the Siyasindisa Academy water safety programme has been launched to teach the youth swimming basics and safety as well as lifesaving training.Pupils and staff at New Hanover Primary Farm School in Noodsberg took part in a water safety workshop on 16 August and learnt a lot about how to stay safe in water. The workshop is part of the Illovo Sugar SA and Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club Siyasindisa Academy Water Safety Programme, which was launched recently to teach the youth swimming basics, valuable water safety lessons and lifesaving development training.Siyasindisa Academy was formed in response to the real threat of drowning among children who aren’t regularly exposed to water or do not know how to swim. Academy programme manager, Charles Khumalo said: “We focus on underprivileged schools where learners have had limited experience with large bodies of water. Even though it’s winter time, the children at New Hanover learnt a lot that will stand them in good stead, making them more confident in and out the water come the summer months.”Skills taught at the workshop included how to prevent drowning, the rescue tube skill, mass rescue and CPR. The Siyasindisa Academy Water Safety Programme is the first of its kind and Illovo Sugar SA and Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club intend on rolling it out to schools across KZN in the coming months.For more information about the Siyasindisa Lifesaving project and Academy contact email@example.com or find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/Siyasindisa-Lifesaving-Project.