Sea Rescue is the charity that saves lives on South African waters.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by over 1 000 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year.
Donations and sponsorships cover our annual running cost of R73.4m. The volunteers save us a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum.
We have 31 bases around the coast; 4 are on inland dams, a fleet of 96 rescue craft, 38 rescue vehicles, 16 quad bikes and 11 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.
The NSRI education arm, called WaterWise Academy, teaches children what to do in an emergency and gives them the confidence to initiate basic bystander CPR while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. The WaterWise Academy targets disadvantaged youth, because statistically they are the most at risk (South African Medical Research Council, 2006).
Our technical experts, our auditors and our board of Directors are also all unpaid volunteers.
NSRI has an open book policy and our financial statements are available at State Libraries for your convenience. Articles of Association are available on request.
Sea Rescue is run by over 900 volunteers at 31 bases around the coast and on 4 inland dams. Donations, bequests and sponsorships cover the annual running cost of R52.5m. The volunteers save NSRI a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum. NSRI began in 1967 – as a humanitarian service, at no charge to the public and are currently running 35 stations nation wide.