Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Respect the Water – spreading key safety messages

This is a menu of tactical options which we have developed to carry out effective community engagement in Thanet. We are continuously looked to refine and refresh innovative ways to spread the key safety messages:

  1. Beach Clean Community Safety
  2. Dog Owner/Walker Engagement
  3. Coastal Activity or local Community Group Talks
  4. Respect the Water Pop-Up stalls at community events
  5. Lifejacket clinics
  6. Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE)
  7. Community Responder (aka throw bag) training
  8. Business partnerships


Further more in-depth information on each tactical option can be found below:


Beach Clean Community Safety

From time to time our team are involved in local beach cleans including supporting the Broadstairs Town Team and Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers. Not only are we helping clean the beaches of litter we are also handing out literature and advice on how to stay safe at the coast. A recent blog has showcased a recent beach clean with the fabulous Broadstairs Town Team.


Dog Walker/Owner Engagement Sessions

Our dog owner/walker engagement events are really popular, where we hand out free doggie treats and tennis balls and chat to dog owners about not to enter the water if their dog won’t leave, cold water shock and how to call the Coastguard in an emergency.


Coastal Activity or local Community Group Talks

We are frequently asked to visit sailing, angling and other local community groups to deliver safety talks to their members.  Recent talks have covered coastal walking, ‘calling for help’ devices and lifejackets.


Respect the Water Pop-Up stalls at community events

Community events which attract a significant number of people from our priority groups are brilliant to attend so we can speak with a good cross section of the public to spread our key safety messages. One of our recent pop-up stalls was held at Thanet Wanderers Rugby Club, Broadstairs which was massively successful.


Lifejacket Clinics

Lifejacket clinics can be run at the invitation of a sailing club or Lifeboat Station open day. The qualified team will be on hand to check the overall integrity of the individual lifejacket, gas cylinder and firing mechanism. They are unfortunately unable to conduct a full service or inflate a life jacket. Further information on lifejackets can be found at a previous blog post.


Incident Prevention Engagement

Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE) is conducted where an incident has already taken place and engagement is required to deter a repeat incident. Recently, two incidents of persons being cut off by the tide, involved the team deploying to two respective beaches to engage and issue safety advice.


Community Responder (aka throw bag) training

We have recently signed up a number of harbour based businesses and a Street Pastor group to undertake our free Community Responder (throw bag training).  This is delivered by a qualified RNLI trainer at a location close to the business venue. If you are situated close to a harbour, marina, river or canal you may be eligible to sign up and receive the training.