I thought it was high time that I let you into a few secrets of what goes on behind the scenes of our RNLI Community Safety Team, here in Thanet out of season.

RNLI Throw Bag training

Even though the season hasn’t started yet, we are still busy getting our plans and projects in place for Summer. One such project which we have been working on for some time now, is the training up of groups and businesses inorder to be able to deploy throw bags (RNLI community responder scheme) along our coastlines and harbours should the need arise.  A previous blog post describes how important and useful the throw bags are in the hands of trained members of the local community in key risk locations.  If you are a business, group or individual that is located close to the sea, river, or coast then why not contact us to see if you could come on board?

Swim Safe

Swim Safe

Another awesome project sees for the very first time ‘Swim Safe’ is beng run on Margate main sands. This is the delivery of free sea swim coaching for the age group 7-14 years in collaboration with Swim England RNLI and Thanet District Council. We know that it’s going to be busy, so follow our website for the booking page ‘go live’ date. Schools will be notified too when more information is available.

Respect the Water being launched 23rd May

The RNLI’s national launch of it’s ‘Respect the Water’ campaign is taking place on 23rd May which will help spread our safety mesages prior to the start of the busy Summer. We are currently working on some really exciting plans for this launch in Thanet, so stay tuned and we will be up-dating our social media channels as soon as plans have been confirmed. We will also be working with a local taxi firm, Central Cars in Broadstairs to spread our key safety messages out to customers via their drivers.  Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter or blog posts to find out how you can learn and share these important safety messages.

Community engagement is key in spreading the safety messages

On-going local engagement

Inadditon to the above projects, the team continues to deliver safety briefings to local community groups, undertake ‘Incident Prevention Engagement’ (IPE) at beaches or coastal areas where an incident has recently taken place reminding and educating people concerning tides, calling for help and cold water shock.  Examples of recent IPE deployments have been seen at Kingsgate Bay and Dumpton Gap. These are inaddition to seeking fresh and new engagement opportunties with other local coastal activity and comunity groups.

The Team will also be supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council – Drowning Prevention and Water Safety week 23rd-29th April, where we will be sharing on social media material to highlight that drowning is of the UK’s leading causes of accidental death. Kent Fire and Rescue Service also have a useful section on their website highlighting water safety, it’s definitely worth a read!

Anyway, until next time thanks for reading.

Recent Coastal walking activity talk to Past Rotarians Margate

Other key website links:

UK Coastguard

Download your very own tides ap

Respect the Water – Float to live advert

 


Andy Mills

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer Striving to reduce accidental drownings by 50% by 2024 by spreading key safety messages to Thanet communities and its visitors.