Online Water Safety with DHL Lifesaving Watersmart Hub

Lifesaving SA in partnership with the Department of Education and DHL and supported by the SASCOC Education and Culture Commission, has launched a free online e-learning WaterSmart hub, making... Read more
Online Water Safety with DHL Lifesaving Watersmart Hub

Lifesaving SA in partnership with the Department of Education and DHL and supported by the SASCOC Education and Culture Commission, has launched a free online e-learning WaterSmart hub, making water safety content accessible to all South Africans. 

Every year, hundreds of families across South Africa lose loved ones in preventable drowning  accidents. For youth 17 and under, drowning represents the second highest cause of accidental  death after road accidents. The highest percentage of deaths are in children aged 1-9. This  problem is not unique to South Africa, but follows trends seen globally, where 90% of the  world’s accidental drowning deaths occur in middle to lower income countries. (World Health  Organization).  

In 2016 Lifesaving SA launched WaterSmart, a paper-based educational programme written for  the Department of Education Life Skills Orientation curriculum for grades 4-6. Since its inception  the programme has reached over a million students in thousands of schools and has recently  been extended to include Grade R, 1 and 2. 

The DHL Lifesaving WaterSmart Online Hub seeks to address the problem of drowning in South  Africa by teaching learners about the various dangers water poses, empowering them to better  manage risks and maintain a constant awareness and vigilance whenever water is around. 

The hub includes animated video content and interactive quizzes and spot the risks, making it  fun and easy for children to learn about water safety and prevent drowning. The characters and  scenes are presented in a simple, easy to understand format, allowing a greater audience to be  reached. The content draws upon materials already developed by LSA for in-person training,  including the character of “Resci,” who guides learners through the content.  

With summer having finally arrived after a long and wet winter, DHL and Lifesaving SA would  like to provide this hub free of charge to ensure that children are taught how to be safe around  water to prevent unnecessary drownings because one life lost to drowning is one life too many. 

To access the hub visit: https://watersmart.dhllifesaving.com/library/home

For further information, please contact Lifesaving South Africa on (031) 312 9251 (office hours), visit www.lifesaving.co.za or follow Lifesaving South Africa on  social media @LifesavingSouthAfrica. 

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