Our team were out this evening (15th October 2018) straight after a full day’s work chatting to the fabulous members at Bannatyne Health Club & Spa Broadstairs🏋️♀️about how to stay safe at the coast. The free apples & bandana’s went down extremely well.
Thank you to the Manager and staff for allowing us to chat to health club members about how to respect the water, drowning prevention and how to become a lifeguard.
Autumn time at the East Kent coast is such a wonderous time to visit, what with the lovely Turner skies, dramatic sea conditions and fabulous scenery. Enjoy the deserted beaches, avoid the queues and congestion usually associated with the Summer months allowing you to wonder around the harbours and towns with ease.
Our team have come up with their top 6 things to do in East Kent during the autumnal months…
1. Visit the Beach – No trip to East Kent is complete without a trip to the beach. East Kent has so many lovely sandy beaches to choose from sixteen in fact! Even if the tide is in Margate Main Sands is a great beach to visit being only a few minutes from the Old Town where there is plenty to keep you occupied. Viking Bay, Broadstairs still has that quintessential British seaside town feel, whilst Ramsgate beach is a short walk from the picturesque harbour.
2. Sample the fine food – Thanet has a plentiful array of restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s something convenient overlooking the harbours of Broadstairs, Margate or Ramsgate, a venue tucked away up a side street or off the main drag. There is definitely something for everyone and one of our teams favourite’s is Bachelor’s Patissere on Northdown Road who are a big supporter of the RNLI and emergency services.
3. Walk the Thanet coastal trial – the Thanet coastal trial starting at Reculver and finishing at Pegwell Bay is a fabulous walking route which makes it way across sandy beaches, sweeping bay and chalk cliff’s. More information on Thanet Coastal Trial
4. Visit a Lifeboat Station Shop – each lifeboat station has it’s very own souvenir shop helping to raise much needed funds enabling the RNLI to maintain it’s lfesaving work. Margate RNLI station’s shop is attached to their station Tel 01843-221-613, whilst Ramsgate’s is situated in The Custom House, Harbour Parade Tel 01843-598-754 (what3words ///skills.pets.dices) Particularly, during the winter month’s it is advisable to phone inadvance to check the opening times as they can vary.
5. Cycling – If you want to explore the great coastal paths and grab some exercise at the same time, why not get on your bike for that unforgettable experience. The 32 mile (51.4 km) coastal trial can be broken up with pit stops at the numerous eateries, cafes and restaurants dotted across the coast.
6. Discover some top family atttractions – Whether your bringing your children or just fancy a day out Thanet has got some top attractions that are open all year round. Dreamland is an amusement park and entertainment centre based on a traditional English seaside funfair. The newly opened Margate caves is also a very worthwhile place to visit, originally dug as a chalk mine in the 18th century.
The drier weather made a very welcome return on Sunday (20th October) helping to swell visitors to Thanet’s beaches. Our Community Safety team took advantage of the increase in coastal visitors by visiting Dumpton Gap and Ramsgate beaches to help share the coastal safety messages to dog walkers.
As well as reminding and refreshing dog wallkers about not to enter the water if their doggie goes for an extended swim or gets stuck in a perilious position on a cliff, the team spoke about:
carrying a calling for help device such as as fully charged mobile phone
checking the tides and weather before setting off on coastal walk
if going out on your own letting someone know where you are going and what time you will return
being aware of your surroundings at all times
take notice and heed local hazard warning signs
know to call the Coastguard if they hear or see an animal or person who they think maybe in difficulty in the water or at the coast
Our team would like to thank everyone for their time in stopping to chat and we hope you all enjoyed the rest of your walks! Also a big thank you to the RNLI HQ Poole team for delivering and supplying the new Dog Safety signs which went down really well on the beach!
Enjoying a walk or run with family, friends and or your beloved dog can be such great fun during Winter time. Having some knowledge on how to stay safe whilst out and about during winter will enable you to have a great time.
Lakes, pools, reservoirs and canals can get frozen over during cold weather, which look very picturesque but all too often people venture out onto the frozen lakes and find themselves in difficulty in the water. Sadly in the past there have been numerous incidents where people have entered the water under ice with the best intentions to either attempt the rescue of another person or a dog and they have tragically become a fatality themselves.
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) has come up with some useful tips on what actions to take in an emergency situation:
Only use well lit areas
Time your walks to make the most of the daylight; if you need to walk in the evening only use well-lit areas or take a route not alongside water.
Keep back from the edge
When walking alongside water keep back from the edge.
Keep dogs on their leads
Keep dogs on their leads when near ice and don’t throw sticks or toys onto the ice.
Don’t go on the ice to rescue a dog
Don’t go onto ice or into the water to rescue a dog, move to somewhere that the dog will be able to climb out and call them towards you.
Know who to call in an emergency
If you hear or see an animal or person who has fallen into through the ice or into the water shout for help and call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard at the coast or on the River Thames; and Fire and Rescue Service if inland at a lake, pool, river, reservior, quarry or loch.
Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue. Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach. If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats, such as a plastic bottle or football, across the ice for them to hold onto to stay afloat whilst help is on the way.
It was our pleasure to attend Margate Lifeboat Station on Saturday (12th October) to conduct a lifejacket clinic at the invitation of the Lifeboat Operation’s Manager (LOM) Mr Paul Hodson. Our team are always keen to undertake lifejacket clinic’s and this was no exception. As this is an invaluable way of helping sailors keep safe by carrying out a series of checks on their lifejackets and also passing on other maritime safey advice.
Amongst the lifejackets checked one revealed a loose cannister. For a lifejacket to effectively operate the cannister/cylinder must be hand tight and this jacket would not have operated correctly if the wearer had ended up in the water and needed it in an emergency situation. We also say to all people who attend our clinic’s that a strobe light is highly recommended, as well as a spray hood. A recent example of how effective a strobe light can be in an emergency was during a rescue off the Dover coast. The full account of this rescue is included here
We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to the Margate Lifeboat Operation’s Manager for inviting us to the station to carry out the clinic and to our team for giving up their time on Saturday.
Lifejacket inspections can be undertaken during an advice on board session, at a lifejacket clinic or on an ad-hoc basis when chatting at events. If you are interested in our team visiting you to check your lifejackets why not drop us an email: Andrew_Mills@RNLI.org.uk
An inspection by an RNLI Community Safety Advisor is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service. Lifejackets should be serviced by an approved service agent.
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