South Africa’s First Black Free Dive Instructor Turns Tide on Apartheid History

Five youths from Cape Town’s Langa township squeeze into wetsuits for a snorkelling lesson with South Africa’s first Black diving coach — turning the tide on decades of apartheid history in which water sports were reserved for wealthy whites.

Zandile Ndlovu’s Black Mermaid Foundation aims to introduce the ocean to the country’s black youth, millions of whom live in impoverished shanty townships, where beach trips are a luxury and swimming skills in short supply.

Sitting around Ndlovu, 33, South Africa’s first Black — and Black female — free dive instructor, the children learn how to bite down onto the snorkel mouthpiece when breathing face down in the water, among other skills.

Established in 2020, the Foundation currently pays for the lessons but is looking for funders to ensure its longevity.

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