NSRI Station 38
A new era is dawning at TSC. During a successful rescue and resuscitation of an infant in a boating incident on the public side last year, Kuba began thinking about how we could be better prepared for saving lives on Theewaterskloof Dam.
Seconds made the difference between life and death and luck certainly played a major part. He came up with the idea of allying with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) who have many years of experience in saving lives on and around water. There are already NSRI bases on Inland waters like Vaal Dam and Hartebeespoort Dam. This week we move a step closer to having a fully established NSRI base at TSC.
In establishing NSRI Station 38 at TSC, we gain access to all the training that the NSRI have developed for their volunteers over a number of years. This includes First Response Medical training. NSRI are extremely good at mobilising funding from donors resulting in our base starting to be equipped with the gear and medical equipment required to effectively save lives. The NSRI can be mobilised for any incident on the dam or the surrounding area which may require rescue in a water related incident (including rivers, farm dams, flooding) or any other First Response Medical situation.
This week an NSRI branded container will be positioned on the land side of the Bridge Hut. It will house the NSRI base equipment, ready for quick deployment, until a more permanent solution is made. We believe it is a good position that will be the least intrusive on the view from the clubhouse, but still be close to the slipway for fast deployment. A refurbished NSRI rescue duck should also be handed over this week from NSRI (note this is all at NO cost to the club). This will be parked next to the container during peak times for rapid deployment and at times on the water. As we become better equipped and trained, we will be better able to respond to emergencies in the area.
NSRI also run a Waterwise program in local schools giving practical water tips to learners.
The NSRI is dependent on generous members of the public for donations to support the great work they do. Donors may request that their donation is targeted at specific bases (for Theewaterskloof base, specify Station 38) or go into general funds. They have 2 competitions available - a monthly draw where 5 winners walks away with R10 000 and a larger annual draw.