Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling advocates for water safety after nearly drowning as a child

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Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling advocates for water safety training to prevent accidental drownings. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Olympic gold medallist Ryk Neethling advocates for water safety training to prevent accidental drownings. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ryan Pierse

For the parenting community, news about an accidental drowning always feels like a punch to the gut. After all, if it can happen to former Springbok forward Jannie du Plessis, it can surely happen to anyone.

It's a simple truth but a harsh reality, which gives us all the more reason to be vigilant about water safety this festive season (and beyond).

So, as we head to our respective holiday destinations (or even during our staycations) this December, what is it that we need to know to prevent unnecessary drowning accidents at home?

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