Thank you for visiting the Thanet RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Community Safety team website.  The Community Safety team’s objective is part of the RNLI’s bid to halve accidental drownings in the UK by 2024. The UK National Drowning Prevention Strategy indicates that 400 people on average drown each year in the UK and a further 200 take their own lives on our waters.


The RNLI nationally aims to change the behaviour of groups and individuals identified as being ‘at risk’ of becoming a rescue statistic for lifeboat crews.

To help raise safety awareness at a local level volunteer community safety teams are being appointed. The role of the Community Safety Team involves developing a local lifesaving plan, including identifying ‘at risk’ groups and providing targeted safety advice.

Watch this video below and find out how to float to live and give yourself a floating chance.

More information can be found via the RNLI’s Respect the Water website

Margate and Thanet’s (Kent) top four priorities:

1 ) Swimming;

2) Yacht sailing and motor boating;

3) In-water play/beach users;

4) Walking/dog walking

At Thanet RNLI Community Safety HQ, we absolutely love the coast and we want everyone to really enjoy themselves and to be safe when they visit or take part in water based activity.

To keep abreast of our forthcoming events you may like to sign up to our ever popular monthly newsletter or follow our blog.  You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


This is the blog for the Thanet Volunteer RNLI Community Safety Officer. Andrew Mills is part of a small team that goes out and about in the local community spreading the Respect the Water message to as many people as possible.

Our aim is to help the RNLI halve the number of coastal drowning fatalities by 2024. Some of our main campaigns are: Float Not Swim and Cold Water Shock. If you are a community group and would like an input on how to stay safe whilst enjoying the coast please get in touch.

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Thanet RNLI
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