WITH their 2019 Junior Academy Programme around the corner, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Station 37 Jeffreys Bay is looking for youngsters to join its family.Boys and girls aged 13 to 15 can join the local NSRI for an interesting year of sea rescue activity. Participants will be exposed to a wide variety of topics: boating knowledge, nautical terminology, navigation, first aid, being water wise, rip currents and fire.They will only go to sea on one of the Sundays when the weather and sea conditions permit. A highlight for participants will be a cruise around the bay with NSRI Station Commander Rieghard Janse van Rensburg.The programme will increase self-confidence and provide the opportunity to move on to become a junior crew trainee upon reaching the age of 16.The Junior Academy Programme will kick off on February 17. The programme runs from 16:00 to 17:30 on Sundays during school terms. An informative workshop for parents will take place at the NSRI at 16:00 on Saturday, February 9.Here they will get an idea of the many practical activities their children will be involved in. From NSRI Station Commander Station 37 Jeffreys Bay.For immediate release:National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay will shortly be continuing with its Junior Academy for 13 – 15 year old boys and girls. The Academy is into its third year of existence and now recruiting its 2019 class. Parents are invited to bring their sons/daughters to the Station for registration on Saturday 9 February 2019 at 4pm.Commencing with a Junior Academy was a big step forward for the Station and it is envisaged that by attracting youngsters to be trained in the many aspects of sea rescue, they will be retained to be trained as junior lifeguards or sea rescue crew upon reaching the age of 14 or 16 years respectively. Youngsters will be trained in the basics of sea rescue work without at this stage going to sea. Basic knowledge of boats, knots, first aid, radio procedures, navigation, lifesaving and much more will be covered during approximately one-hour sessions at the Base on a Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 5.30pm during school term. This will commence on Sunday 17 February 2019.Parents have the opportunity with their children on Saturday 9 February at 4pm to meet the Station Commander, Rieghard Janse Van Rensburg, to see the Base, get an idea of the many practical activities their children will be involved in and to feel secure in the knowledge that their children are in safe hands. This is a good opportunity for youngsters to learn a new skill and to build self confidence. Our unpaid volunteer crews meet every Sunday afternoon throughout the year for training. The NSRI Jeffreys Bay is situated in Diaz Road next to De Viswijf Restaurant.For more information, contact Administration Officer Ken Clegg at 082 608 7187.