Posted on Wed July 4, 2018.


Sea Rescue is the charity that saves lives on South African waters, through Education, Prevention and Rescue. Donations and sponsorship cover our annual running costs.  Our rescue crew, our technical experts and our board of Directors are also all unpaid volunteers.

NSRI has an open book policy and our financial statements are available from the National State Library in Pretoria for your convenience.  A copy of our financial statements and Articles of Association are available on request.

A team of water safety instructors visit school to teach children what to do in an emergency and give them the confidence to initiate basic bystander Hand-Only CPR while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. This project targets disadvantaged youth, because statistically they are at risk.

We also host an online learning portal called BravoBravo where we share our training material with the public – some courses eg Skippers Training, are offered at no charge to the public.


Our Drowning Prevention strategy is to partner with other organisations to raise the profile of water safety in South Africa; this includes the media, local government, schools and other rescue organisations.

Interventions include Emergency Signage, Pink Flotation Buoys, NSRI Lifeguards and deploying additional personnel on beaches to proactively patrol and educate. We are affiliated with Lifesaving South Africa and established our first NSRI Lifeguard club at the end of 2017

Our rescue bases are run by over 1 000 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.   The volunteers save us a salary bill in excess of R300m per annum.

We have rescue bases around the coast and on inland dams, a fleet of rescue boats, rescue vehicles, quad bikes and launching tractors. We also have access to a range of helicopters. We enjoy a good working relationship with other emergency services and we believe that it is through team effort that lives are saved.

NPO Reg. No. 002-870
Co. Reg. No. 1967/013618/08
VAT Reg. No. 4920114818

Head Office: 1 Glengariff Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Postal: PO Box 154, Green Point, 8051
Tel: +27 21 434 4011
Fax: +27 21 434 1661
Email: info@searescue.org.za

Emergency: Call 112 from your cell phone.