Warobile Lifesaving Aquatics Academy hosted a learn-to-swim open day, at Holy Cross High School, in Maitland, on Saturday.
The organisation was established in 2013, following the deaths of two 16-year-old teenagers from Zeerust in the North West Province, who had drowned at Camps Bay while on holiday.
They would never be seen again and their bodies were never recovered. This tragedy had a tremendous impact on many people including one of the City’s then top Law Enforcement officials, Inspector Keith Abrahams; a veteran lifeguard trainer and water-safety expert with 30 years’ experience.
In honour of the two boys, Abrahams started an NPO to address the drownings in the Western Cape. The names of the deceased pupils, Waroona and Qarabile were combined to form “WAROBILE”, a Learn-to-Swim and Lifeguard Training Academy based at Holy Cross High School.