Be beach wise! Always keep your children close to you in the water!
Video made by Safe Coastal Tourism NPO, directed by Matthias Therry, sponsored by Seachange, with the cooperation of RedFed (2018).

De woeste zee van dichtbij willen zien is geen goed idee
Een bejaard koppel ontsnapt nipt aan de verdrinkingsdood op een strand bij de Franse kustplaats Portsall. Het stel wou de woeste zee van dichtbij zien, maar liet zich verrassen door de krachtige golven en werd meegesleurd. Om hen te redden riskeren ook nog twee andere personen hun leven. Allen brengen het er goed van af, maar het had ook anders kunnen aflopen. Het volledige artikel lees je hier.
Drowning victims don’t wave their hands for help!

They teach us that drowning victims can be spotted and heard in the water because they are waving their hands and screaming. This is misleading as this is not true. Read about the difference between distress and drowning in this article:


"Think Big, Think Ocean" Ideas Contest (2016)
On June 10, 2016 - on World Ocean Day 2016 - Safe Coastal Tourism NPO has been awarded by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) as national and European winner of the European Think Big Think Ocean Ideas Contest of the European Sea Change Project. Caroline Danneels (Safe Coastal Tourism) and Jasper Stuer (14 and competitive lifesaving swimmer) met in the context of a social school project and combined efforts to submit an idea and video to the contest, which is to introduce to schools and families an activity box to teach beach and sea safety to young children. Find out more about our idea in this video.
With thanks to Matthias Therry, IKWV and RedFed for the footage.
Verdronken op vakantie
This video report has been made by journalists Bart Aerts and Bram Callens, and cameraman Matthias Therry for 'Koppen', a program of Eén-Television, the regional television of Flanders. This report was broadcasted on 1/11/2012.
On 18/4/2011 Bavo Verheyden (21) drowned in the Indian Ocean off the Eastern Coast of South Africa. The family seizes his death to warn others of the dangers of the sea and the ocean.
understanding rip currents
Following on the previous article and video on the research of rip currents done by a team of researchers of the University of Plymouth (UK), we add here another video revealing the results of this research. In this video Dr. Tim Scott, lecturer in ocean exploration, explains how rip currents are created and the latest research helping us to improve our understanding of them. You may also read the press release which has been issued on the 7th of November reporting on this research . .
Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club will be collaborating with Plymouth University (UK) in a major rip current research field trip in September 2016
This news was published on 11 February 2016 on Facebook by Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving South Africa. Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club is a member of Lifesaving South Africa and is located in Bluewater Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. For further insight on the research check out this short video.
Spot to raise ocean safety awareness

How to survive beach rip currents
This video explains well what a rip current is and if caught in a rip current, how to escape from it.
But the most important message of this video is: only visit lifeguarded beaches and always stay between the red & yellow flags!
To learn more about rip currents worldwide, follow this link:
Beach safety tips by the American Red Cross (Water Safety)
Dr. Peter Wernicki of the American Red Cross Science Advisory Council gives water safety tips for beach goers and swimmers.
If we can't see you, we can't save you...
...therefore it is highly advisable only to enter the sea at a patrolled beach when lifeguards are on duty.
Surf Life Saving Australia partnered with Virgin Australia to launch the 2012-13 surf safety campaign, 'Swim between the flags'. The central message of the campaign is 'if we can't see you, we can't save you', an imperative pillar to educate all Australians and international tourists about the importance of swimming between the red and yellow flags.
Learn It Young. Remember It Forever.
From Scouts South Africa: .
Waar gebeurd verhaal van een bijna-verdrinking aan de Belgische kust
Deze reportage werd gemaakt door Marc Dupain voor Levensgevaar, een programma van VTM.
Child drowning
Video uploaded by NSRI on youtube. Drowning is silent, and happens very fast. In the water never be away from children more than one arms length!
Silent drowning - a prevention movie
In spring 2012 the Swiss Lifesaving Society (SLRG) launched a moving prevention film to combat cases of children drowning. It received a gold award at the Corporate Media & TV Awards in Cannes.
This movie is aimed at the general public, and in particular at parents of toddlers and young children, to anchor the message that small children should always be accompanied when they are near water and that the supervisor should be within arm's reach.
nieuwe leerlijn zwemmen / Baan Vier
Dit filmpje heeft SCT opgenomen tijdens deelname aan een studiedag Schoolzwemmen/Baan Vier op 7/2/2014 in Gent. In dit filmpje zijn diverse vaardigheden te zien welke de nieuwe doelstellingen uitmaken van de nieuwe leerlijn zwemmen, ontwikkeld door Baan Vier. Vanaf volgend schooljaar 2015-16 wordt de nieuwe leerlijn voor zwemmen toegepast in alle basisscholen van het GO!. Kinderen moeten zich veilig kunnen voortbewegen in het water. Schoolslag is niet meer het eerste doel. De test die te zien is in het filmpje, is inmiddels lichtjes aangepast om gemakkelijker uitvoerbaar te zijn in één zwemles én aan een groep van 20 kinderen.
strandreddertjes in zee in Blankenberge
Reportage van Focus WTV dd. 15/6/2012.
Dit project was een initiatief van de Vrije Basisschool SInt-Pieter en 't Zandschooltje van Blankenberge en werd mede mogelijk gemaakt met de steun van de Blankenbergse Strandreddingsdienst. Met dit project worden leerlingen van het zesde leerjaar kennis en vaardigheden voor de zee meegegeven. Ze leren over de gevaren van de zee en ook het aanleren van reanimatietechnieken komt aan bod. Belangrijk is dat de jongeren zich realiseren dat de zee geen zwembad is, en dat ze de bewaakte zones opzoeken wanneer ze in zee willen gaan.
GOV.UK Water Safety advice
Be aware of the considerably variant beach conditions and local safety provisions throughout the South African coastline and the fact that every year significant numbers of people drown due to the strong sea currents. So we can read on the official 'Safety and security - South Africa travel advice'-website  of the UK. Watch this video about how to avoid being caught up in a rip current.
Documentary on Safe Coastal Tourism NPO

This documentary has been made in October 2012 by cameraman and director Matthias Therry where he follows the family on their trip to Port St Johns (South Africa)  where Bavo Verheyden (21) drowned on 18/4/2011 in the ocean at Ntafufu beach. At that occasion the family also spoke with representatives of the local touristic sector and lifeguards of Port St Johns.