Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Lifeguards last weekend patrolling beaches before closing down for the winter

This weekend (31st Aug and 1st Sept) sees the last two days that lifeguards will be patrolling Thanet’s beaches before they shut down for the winter period. If you are thinking of making the most of the last weekend before the children go back to school or perhaps grabbing that last minute break to the coast then here are some top tips to help keep you and your family safe:

  1. Visit a lifeguarded beach and chat to the lifeguard for essential safety information
Beach Safety Flags

2.  Know your beach flags and take on board the advice

  3.  Read any warning signs when you arrive at the beach and heed the advice at all times

4.  Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from the shore.

  • Don’t try to swim against it or you’ll get exhausted.
  • If you can stand, wade don’t swim.
  • If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore.
  • Always raise your hand and shout for help.

 

5.  Always carry a ‘calling for help device’ whatever activity you are undertaking so that you can summon help straight away as every second counts.

6.  If you fall into the water unexpectedly or get into difficulty in the water float for your life

7.  Keep inflatables for the pool.  More information on inflatables

8. If you should hear or see an animal or person in the water in difficulty, don’t go in after them call ‘999’ or 112′ and ask for the Coastguard at the Coast.  If there is any rescue equipment nearby such as a throwline or life buoy try to throw this to the person in the water without putting yourself in danger.  More information on what to do if you saw someone in difficulty in the water

9. Whatever water related activity you are taking part in always wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.  Lifejackets are useless unless worn!

10.  Do you remember the 5 top tips to help keep your children safe at the beach? The above is a reminder.

We look forward to seeing the lifeguards patrolling the beaches again next Summer.

Other useful links:

Wrist bands – know how to relocate your lost child

Know who to call for a coastal emergency

Our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet

Acknowledgements:

J Homer

RNLI

Swim Safe enjoys a penultimate water safety day at Margate plus a visit from local dignitaries

Swim Safe has been taking place at Margate main sands since July every Monday and Friday and has proved highly popular. On Friday (23rd August) our team popped down to support the programme and also to chat to other beach visitors about key water safety messages ahead of the bank holiday weekend.  The Swim Safe programme is run at various sites across the country and children learn about aspects of water safety and how to swim safely in open water for no charge.

Picture credit: Haddon Dene School

Margate main sands is such a lovely beach and is an ideal location for Swim Safe to take place as even at high tide there is still a large expanse of sand available to use and is close to public transport links. Margate Swim Safe is also very lucky to have the highly experienced swim teaching team led by Gail Crompton from the Ocean Swim School leading all classes.

Margate Mayor Mick Tomlinson chatting to Swim Safe participants

It was marvellous to host a visit from Councillor Liz Hurst and the Mayor of Margate Mick Tomlinson. Both of whom are huge Swim Safe supporters enabling the scheme to operate and it was great to talk through the programme and see it in action.

Liz and Mick enjoying the selfie frame

Swim Safe’s very last day of operation is Friday 30th August with the first session of the day starting at 9:30am.  There are still places available throughout the day, so if you haven’t booked your child(ren) onto Swim Safe yet, this is the last opportunity before it closes down for the winter. You can book on-line or walk-up and speak with the Co-ordinator.

Photo Credit: Haddon Dene

The only qualification your child(ren) has to fufill is that they must be able to swim 25 metres unaided in a pool.  Participants are given a wet suit, rash vest and hat to wear during the session free of charge which are returned at the end (apart from the hat which they are welcome to keep).  Teaching is conducted on the sands initially and then progressing into the water. All of the feedback Gail and her team have received throughout the Summer’s programme has been very positive and is an ideal opportunity to learn essential water safety drills such as Float to Live and open water swim techniques.

Chatting to beach visitors

As well as supporting the Swim Safe sessions we were able to chat with other beach visitors about how to stay safe whilst at the coast which was fabulous to do. Passing on information about the different beach flags, who to call should you see someone in the water in difficulty,  the role of the lifeguards and also handing out the hugely popular children’s water proof wrist bands which carry the parent/guardian mobile telephone number should they get separated.

Children’s waterproof wrist bands

It proved a very succesful and enjoyable day spent on the beach helping to keep people safe.  Thank you to everyone we spoke with for their time and to all of whom attended the Swim Safe sessions which we hope you enjoyed.

Other useful links

Book your Swim Safe session

Why inflatables are not designed for the beach

Margate Swim Safe kicks off with a flying start

It’s hot out there – what to do if you get into difficulty

Can I suffer from cold water shock?

Acknowledgements

Swim England

RNLI

Margate Swim Safe Co-ordinators and Swim Safe Teachers

Beach Wrist Bands – how to relocate your lost child

During the Summer months our team have been visiting Thanet beaches chatting to beach visitors about coastal safety and how to ‘float to live’ as part of our on-going lifesaving interventions.

One of the topics that we also chat about is that of child safety whilst on the beach and inparticular issuing water proof wrist band which can carry the parents/guardian’s mobile telephone contact number.  Everyone we speak to really like the scheme and take one of the wrist bands for their child.  If our team are not on the beach you can obtain one of the wrist bands from most lifeguarded beaches.

The diagram above is a good reminder of some of the top safety tips for families whilst enjoying the beach.

More useful links:

Our Ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet

Why inflatables are not a good for the seaside

Acknowledgments

RNLI

HM Coastguard

 

Do you know who to call for a coastal emergency?
HM Coastguard Officers dressed in water rescue kit during a multi-agency exercise Photo credit: Margate Coastguard Team

Whilst our team are out and about at community events, presentations or conducting pop-up beach safety chats over half the people we speak to don’t know to call the Coastguard for any coastal emergency via ‘999’ or ‘112’ (European emergency number).  Contacting another emergency service for a coastal emergency could result in vital minutes being lost in tasking a lifeboat to be launched, Coastguard Rescue Officers with specialist skills and equipment mobilised to the scene or a helicopter on it’s way.

Coastguard Helicoper – photo credit Dawn Kandekore

The Coastguard (MCA) have Operations Centre’s (CGOC’s) dotted across the UK, at Aberdeen, Belfast, Dover,  Falmouth, Holyhead, Humber, London, Milford Haven, Shetland, Stornaway and the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham. Each is staffed 24/7 and answers ‘999’ calls from members of the public and Mayday distress calls via radio.

In the event of an emergency at the coast, they will co-ordinate the tasking of search and rescue assets eg RNLI boats, independent lifeboats, Coastguard Rescue teams who also trained in mud and cliff rescue, advanced first aid, advanced missing person search; and of course search and rescue helicopters.

HM Coastguard Rescue Officers undertaking a mud rescue exercise – photo credit Greenock CG

Some people are also not aware that the HM Coastguard is a totally separate organisation from that of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and they are often confused for the same organisation.  Whereas the RNLI is totally funded by voluntary donations, the HM Coastguard is a government agency under the control of the Department for Transport and undertakes a different role.

Pictured – Coastguard overalls, with lifejacket, worn with helmet, goggles and protective boots Photo credit: Greenock CG Team

Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO) are all volunteers and are on-call 24/7 available to answer the emergency call no matter what time of day they are required or whatever they are doing.

One of the other questions that our team are asked at events “who should we call if should come across a time expired pyrotechnic or washed up military ordnance on the beach?”  Our answer is “always dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard”. They will task the nearest Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) to investigate and if required will request an Army or Royal Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team to make safe any military ordnance. Find out more on what to do if you come across military ordnance or time expired pyrotechnic’s at the coast

The above picture shows a CRO in front using a wading pole to check for hidden dangers. They will alert their team behind them of anything that they need to be aware of. The formation is called a ‘wedge’, it can also be used in flood/shallow water. As soon as the smallest member of the formation begins to float, the team will not go any deeper. Picture Credit: Greenock Coastguard Team.

Coastguard Officers about to undertake a cliff rescue exercise Photo credit: Margate Coastguard Team

Coastguard Teams are sometimes called to undertake cliff rescue’s a skill which they practise regularly to keep their knowledge and skills fresh.

More useful links:

How to dispose of out-of-date flares

Herne Bay Coastguard Team are recruiting – find out more

Kent Coastguard Rescue Officers mount marathon cycle ride

Margate Coastguard Team Facebook

Margate Community Blue Light Day pulled in the crowds despite the downpour!

Sunday (18th August) saw our team turn out to support the Margate Blue Light Community Day, held for the third year at Margate Lifeboat Station.   This annual event involves a wide range of emergency services and community groups joining together to show case their roles and functions to members of the public who wouldn’t othewise get the opportunity to get up close to vehicles, crews and equipment.

Visitors braved the torrential down pour of rain and were rewarded to several ‘live’ demonstrations on the water involving RNLI lifeguards and Margate’s Inshore Lifeboat ‘Tigger Three’ being put through it’s paces at simulated rescues.

Photo Credit : Sarah Hewes

One of which involved a simulated rescue of a person on an inflatable who had been swept out to sea. You may recall that a multi-agency operation involving the HM Coastguard, lifeguards and two inshore lifeboats which resulted in two young people being successfully rescued after being swept out to sea earlier in the month off Botany Bay on an inflatable. Learn more about inflatable safety

Thanet Lifeguard Club were also on hand to pass on essential CPR skills and how to use a throw bag effectively. Find out more about the work of Thanet Lifeguard Club

Kent Fire & Rescue Service Animal Rescue Unit

The day saw static displays and demonstrations by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, including their Specialst Animal Rescue Vehicle, Aerial Ladder Platform, Community Safety Unit and both Margate Fire Station’s pumping appliances.

Members of Margate Lifeboat crew were on hand to show visitors their new Helly Hansen personal protective kit and display their All Weather and Inshore Lifeboats plus Talus launch tractor.

South East Coast Ambulance Service didn’t disappoint by showcasing their lifesaving trauma equipment and passing on safety tips to help people stay safe during the hot weather.

It was fabulous to welcome the RNLI’s very own Flood Rescue Team to the event. Visitors were able to see close up the equipment carried and found out more about how the Flood Rescue Team operates. Learn more about the work of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team

Our ‘Safety Selfie frame’ was put to good use whilst we chatted to dog owners about coastal doggie safety tips. Learn more about our coastal dog safety tips

The Lifeboat Station Shop was also open for customers selling a range of lifesaving gifts Photo credit: Sarah Hewes

Our team thoroughly enjoyed attending the event chatting about how to stay safe at the coast and near inland water.  We would like to thank Margate Lifeboat Station for inviting us to their event and all the people that popped by to say hello and chat.

 

Other useful references:

Learn how to ‘float to live’ with Ant Middleton

Can I suffer from ‘cold water shock’

What Does The RNLI Community Safety Team Do?

How to become an RNLI Beach Lifeguard

Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign 12th – 19th September

Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign

Our team are again supporting the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS UK) Don’t Drink and Drown Campaign which takes place between 12th – 19th September. This is a national campaign that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.  The campaign was launched following a string of tragic student drownings around the UK.

The campaign kicks off as first year students start their new University term known as Freshers Week. Many of whom will have never been away from home before, will be initially unfamilar with their surroundings and will enjoy socialising with their new University friends often drinking alcohol during nights out or at social functions. Unfortunately, there have been several fatalities over recent years including Charlie Pope a student in Manchester who very tragically died after falling into a Rochdale canal after a night out in March 2017.

Our RNLI Community Safety sharing the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ message at Ramsgate Harbour Christmas 2018

Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream.

Our ‘Safety Selfie frame’ being put to good use during our ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ safety evening by members of Thanet Lifeguard Club

In December 2018, our team undertook ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ engagement evenings at Ramsgate and Margate harbours working in partnership with the Margate HM Coastguard team, Thanet Lifeguard Club and Thanet Community Pastors.  Whereby we visited numerous bars around each respective harbour sharing the ‘Don’t Drink ad Drown’ safety tips (which can be found below) and handing out free ‘glow in the dark’ wrist bands.

The following top tips will help you get home safely

  • Don’t walk home alongside water after a night out
  • Make sure your mates get home safely after a night out, don’t let them walk by the water
  • Plan your journey home before you go out, book a cab inadvance
  • Paths by the water are not safe when you’re drunk, find a better route home
  • If you do end up in the water unexpectedly ‘float to live’

The RLSS Youtube video ‘Beneath the Surface – Families Stories’

What affect does alcohol have on the body?

  • Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
  • Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder
  • Alcohol slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
  • Alcohol numbs the senses particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult

Mixing swimming and alcohol is definitely a bad idea!

Evidence

There were 451 accidental drownings involving alcohol and/or drugs in the UK from 2013-2017, with an average of 90 per year. This represents 29% of all accidental drownings that occurred in the UK during this period.

Do you know someone who will be going away to University or College this year?

If you know a relative, friend or work colleague who will be going away to University this year please pass on the safety messages which are contained in this blog it just could help save their life.

Social Media & Newsletters

You can stay informed about our lifesaving activity by signing up for free to receive our newsletter.  You my also like to follow our team on social media for updates.

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Useful Links:

How to support the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign – RLSS

RNLI – Float to Live

National Fire Chief’s ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign

Acknowledgments

RLSS

Discover how the RNLI Community Safety Team is making lifesaving interventions on the shoreline

You may have heard of our Community Safety Team through our social media channels or face-to-face at local community events.  Incase you weren’t aware of our team’s work this blog is designed to increase your awareness of what we do to prevent drownings and other water safety incidents.

The RNLI recruited Volunteer Community Safety Teams to raise safety awareness at local level by developing lifesaving plans, including identifying ‘at risk’ groups and providing targeted safety advice.

The four Coastal based activities that we target in the Thanet area are as follows:

  1.  Swimming
  2.  Yacht sailing and motor boating
  3.  In-water play and beach users
  4.  Walking/Dog Walking

Inorder to effectively target these activity areas the team uses a range of tactical interventions. Some of these are described below.

 

1. Lifejacket Clinic’s

Lifejacket clinics are run on a regular basis either at a yacht club, Lifeboat Station or on one of our harbour ‘walking the pontoon’ initiatives. Our team will check the overall integrity of the individual jacket, gas cyclinder and firing mechanism. They are unfortunately unable to conduct a full service, supply spare parts or inflate the jacket. We recommend that your lifejacket is serviced by a manufacturer or service agent.   Further information on lifejackets can be found on an earlier blog post.

2. Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE)

This is conducted where an incident has already taken place and engagement is required to try to deter a repeat incident.  An example of this is where our team deployed to the area of Botany and Kingsgate Bay after several incidents of people being cut-off by the tide.  More information on how we are helping to share tidal cut-off information can be found here.

3. Coastal Dog Walker Engagement

Our doggie events are really popular where we chat to dog owners and walkers about not to enter the water if their doggie won’t leave the water or gets into difficulty. Our Coastal Dog Walker Safety Advice blog could help prevent you get into difficulty. 

4.  Supporting other organisations drowning prevention campaigns

From time to time we support other organisations drowning prevention campaigns.  Some of these campaign’s include: National Fire Chief’s ‘Be Water Aware’, Kent Search and Rescue’s ‘Safe and Dry’, Royal Lifesaving Society ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ and ‘Stop Drowning’ Campaigns. The picture above shows the Margate HM Coastguard Team at Coco Latino, Ramsgate sharing the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ safety message whom we teamed up with at Christmas 2018 to visit licensed bars around Ramsgate and Margate as well as the Thanet Lifeguard Club and the Community Pastors.

Community Safety Stand at Gravesend Gurdwara

5.  Pop-Up Drowning Prevention Stands

Our ‘pop-up’ Respect the Water and Drowning Prevention stands are held at a variety of community events, places of worship such as Mosque’s, Gurdwara’s and church’s; and other venue’s where our message can be shared effectively.

6. Transport Hub Engagement

During the busy Summer months our team visit Margate main sands and the railway station area to chat to beach visitors to highlight key safety messages. This is an exciting development as a significant proportion of people who are rescued by the lifeguards and lifeboat crews are from outside the Thanet footprint.

Briefing to Thanet Royal Air Force Air Cadets

7.  Talks to outside groups

Our team are able to deliver bespoke presentations to outside groups on a variety of water safety topics, some of which include: an interactive discussion on emergency alerting for sailing and boating clubs.  This presentation is supported with a broad range of emergency alerting equipment including Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB’s), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s), Marine Band VHF Radio’s, Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) Search & Rescue Transponders (SARTS), Distress Flares and Emergency Visual Distress Signals (EVDS). Other presentations include: tombstoning to youth groups, coastal walking, open water swimming and diving amongst others.

If you are interested in one of our team visiting your group and delivering a presentation then contact our team via email Andrew_Mills@RNLI.org.uk or private message us on Facebook.

Members of Thanet CS team pictured during an Advice on Board session

8.  Advice on Board (AOB)

An AOB visit entails an open discussion with any boat user (sailing, kayaking, angling etc.) on how to use safety equipment, how to maintain it and how to plan for things that might go wrong out at sea. These visits take place wherever the users boat happens to be – a harbour, marina, boatyard or on the back of their trailer at home. Book an AOB via our Facebook page

Other useful links

Thanet Coastal Patrol Initiative Launched At Ramsgate Lifeboat Station

Swim Safe – free swimming lessons in the sea and water safety awareness

Our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet

Welcome to our ultimate guide to finding a lifeguarded beach in Thanet.   Before we run through the lifeguarded beaches we thought we would refresh you on the Top 10 Safety Tips which should consider when visiting the beach:

  1.  Do you remember what the beach safety flags stand for?

   Red and white Prohibition sign – Do not enter the water at any time. Swimming and other water-related activities are not permitted.

2. Always swim and body board between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach

3. Never swim alone, always take a friend or family member

4. Always read and obey the safety signs, usually found at the beach entrance. These will help you  avoid potential hazards on the beach and identify the safest areas for swimming.

5.  Should you get into difficulty float on your back (‘Float to Live’), once you have got your breath back, stick your hand in the air and shout for help (international distress signal).

6.  If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue. Alert a lifeguard straight away, or, if you can’t see a lifeguard, call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard.

7. Inflatable Safety – Inflatables are designed for pools and not the sea where they can easily be swept out. If you do use them at the beach, check out our blog to help keep you safe

8.  Know about Cold Water Shock and how it can affect you. More information check out the video below:

10.   Missing children are a regular issue for lifeguards and the Coastguard during Summer months. Five top tips to keep your children safe at the beach

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Stuart Cattell

Here is a comprehensive list of the lifeguarded beaches in Thanet. All links are to the Beach Guide and Google Maps.

Botany Bay – CT10 3LG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover : 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Joss Bay Beach – CT10 3PG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Margate Main Sands – CT9 1XP

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

Minnis Bay – CT7 9QR

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Ramsgate Main Beach – CT11 8JD

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

St Mildred’s Bay – CT8 8AU

Google Maps

Lifeguard cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Stone Bay Beach – CT10 1ED

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Viking Bay (Broadstairs) – CT10 1NB

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: 25th May – 1st September 2019 10:00am-6pm

West Bay (Westgate-on-Sea) Beach – CT8 8QG

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

Westbrook Bay Beach – CT9 5DW

Google Maps

Lifeguard Cover: Weekends and Bank holidays only 25th May – 30th June 2019

Daily – 6th July -1st September patrol times 10:00am-6pm

 

More useful links:

RNLI Lifeguards are patrolling daily Kent beaches

How to become a lifeguard?

Thanet Lifeguard Club

Broadstairs Surf Lifesaving Club

When was the last time you checked your lifejacket?
Members of Thanet CS team pictured during a lifejacket check

Recently our team have carried out their Ramsgate Harbour ‘walk the pontoons’ lifesaving intervention tactic. Whereby team members chat to boat owners and undertake checks on their lifejackets free of charge.  Regularly our team found that lifejacket firing mechanisms are out of date. One routine check earlier this year revealed that the firing mechanism had already been fired in a jacket, but the owner had been told by a friend that it was fit for purpose and would work.

Lifejacket firing mechanism with date stamp

When was the last time you checked the firing mechanism on your lifejacket? Were you aware  that they have a replacement date stamped on them? Do you know how to check this date?

Hammar automatic inflation system

Why not contact us for a FREE lifejacket check and give yourself and your crew the peace of mind that if you end up in the water your lifejacket (if worn) could save your life. Please send us a private message with your contact details on our Facebook page or email Andrew_Mills@rnli.org.uk and let our team do the rest. The checks and advice we give you will not cost anything and we also have anumber of free booklets which will help you stay safe on the water.

Halkey-Roberts Bobbin (out of date)

Remember: Lifejackets have no use stored in a bag. Stick one on before it is too late. Useless unless worn!

Please note: The checks that our team carries out are not meant to replace the recommended servicing by a qualified lifejacket service agent or manufacturer.

Lifejacket clinic underway at the Royal Temple Yacht Club

Other useful links:

Top 10 Lifejacket checks which could help save your life

Anglers and lifejackets

Acknowledgements

Plymouth RNLI Community Safety Team

Thanet Community Safety Team proud to be part of Margate Pride

Our Community Safety Team were proud to be invited along to hold a Respect the Water stand at the fantastic Margate Pride on Saturday (10th August). This is the second year running that the team have attended Pride and the team always relish the opportunity to support such a iconic event. It was also fabulous to see other community groups and agencies supporting the event which seems to get bigger each year. Well done to all Pride Market participants and lovely Pride goers for braving the windy weather!

Kent Fire and Rescue Service incl: Chief Officer Ann Millington (2nd from right)

Our Selfie Safety Frame was put to good use

The Kent Sexual Health Team

The very vibrant Pride procession passing the sea front

Local bars, cafes and restaurants were festooned with bunting and flags to mark the occasion

Thank you to the army of volunteers who work extremely hard  behind scenes to make Margate Pride such a fabulous event.  We look forward to next years event which we are sure will be even bigger and better than this years!

Our Respect the Water table (pictured Andy left and Ian right)

Useful links:

Can I suffer from cold water shock?

It’s hot out there what to do if you get into difficulty?

Margate Lifeboat facebook Page

Ramsgate Lifeboat Facebook page

Dog Walkers Enjoy Learning How To Keep Their Doggie’s Safe Whilst At The Coast

Our team really enjoyed sharing key coastal safety messages, handing out free tennis balls and doggie treats to awesome dog 🐕owners/doggie’s, and beach walkers at their awesome pop-up Safety Stand at Dumpton Gap on Sunday 24th February. Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hello and we hoped you enjoyed your walks. The key messages we shared included:

➡️ If your doggie goes for an extended swim in the sea or falls down a cliff in their attempt to chase a sea gull, please don‘t go enter the water/climb down the cliff to save them. ☎️Call ‘999’ ask for the Coastguard straight away. The 🚨Coastguard🚨 are experts in cliff, water and mud rescue
➡️ Tell someone your plans e.g. what is the latest time you will arrive home
➡️ Check the tide times before you venture out via the ‘Tides near Me App’
➡️ Wear the right clothing for the trip
➡️ Carry a means of ‘calling for help’ e.g. fully charged mobile phone
➡️ Be aware of your surroundings at all times
➡️ Read local warning signs ⚠️e.g. tidal cut-off and cliff rock-falls

Local Air Cadets receive tombstoning and drowning prevention briefing from RNLI

We enjoyed a really fantastic evening chatting to 2433 Ramsgate & Manston Squadron – RAF Air Cadets 438 Thanet Squadron Air Training Corps RAF Air cadets on Friday 8th March about the RNLI and how to stay safe at the coast by following our key safety messages which are:

‘Float to Live’,

know who to call in a coastal emergency,

beach safety and lifejackets.

A fabulously engaged group of young people who are passionate about the Royal Air Force Cadets. Thank you for your time this evening.