The National Sea Rescue Institute is appealing to beachgoers to keep safety in mind during the festive season.
Rip currents remain the greatest cause of drownings on the coast, according to NSRI spokesman Craig Lambinon.
Coastal bathers should only swim at beaches protected by lifeguards, he said.
Boaters, paddlers and sailors should download and use the NSRI RSA Safetrx smartphone app and carry and know how to use their safety equipment while anglers fishing along the shores should keep a safe distance from the water.
Everyone should be aware of the daily two high tides and two low tides and be aware of the spring tide that happens during the full moon and new moon phases.
Inland water users on lakes, rivers, lagoons, swimming pools or in any body of water should approach these recreational activities with safety top of mind and children must be supervised by responsible adults when they are swimming.
One of the hardest tasks for the NSRI, along with SAPS and the emergency services, Mr Lambinon said, was having to tell a family that a loved one would not be coming home due to an accident or a drowning.
The NSRI’s emergency services were highly prepared to respond to emergencies this summer, he said.
To report a water rescue emergency call 112 or 087 094 9774.