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NSRI Shelly Beach hosts successful open day

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A couple of prospective new volunteers surfaced at National Sea Rescue Institute Station 20 Shelly Beach’s open day at the Sonny Evans Small Craft Harbour on Saturday.

Despite unfavourable conditions, a number of locals took the opportunity to see and find out more about what the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is all about.

They met the crew, got insight into how they operate and were given a tour of the base, where they learned more about the vessels and their capabilities.

“It wasn’t quite as great as the last two we had but it showed the support of the public and friends around Shelly Beach,” station commander Jeremiah Jackson told eHowzit.

“The weather played a big part because it wasn’t a good sea-going day, but we had quite a few people come and show their support and we had two or three people who are interested in joining, so it was a successful day.”

NSRI has over 1000 unpaid volunteers who respond 24/7/365 to save lives on South African waters. It also teaches children in disadvantaged communities about basic water safety through its proactive educational initiative named the WaterWise Academy.

Jackson said new volunteers are always welcome. He explained that volunteers are put on three-month probation, training takes between six and 12 months and that’s followed by a qualifying exam.

Those interesting in volunteering can contact Jackson on 082 990 5950, visit the base on duty weekends or attend a crew meeting, which is held every Thursday at 7pm.

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