Over the past 7 days I have been out and about chatting to a couple of really great groups who both use the Thanet coastline for their fantastic activities. The first one being the Kent Pirates Kitesurfing School, who meet at Pegwell Bay. Kitesurfing is growing in popularity at the moment and is a really exhilarating one to learn. This group of kitesurfers were great to chat with and very keen on taking on-board the RNLI key safety messages for their hobby. After finishing my talk, several group members were carrying out their own Big Spring beach clean, which is a testamont to their commitment to helping the local environment and community. The Kitesurfing school recently ran some very popular free sessions for children during the Easter Holidays, backed by Ramsgate Town Council.
RNLI 9 top key safety messages for kitesurfers are:
- Always kite with another person.
- If you go alone, take a means of calling or signalling for help.
- Never ride out further than you can swim back.
- Equipment failure does happen. Be prepared.
- Check the conditions and tides. Don’t go out in conditions you can’t handle.
- Check what sizes of kites other riders are using. If you do not have the correct size, do not go out.
- Do not ask or allow someone who is not familiar with kites to help you launch or land – give them some training on how to do it.
- Always tell someone you are going out and when you will be back.
- Follow the safety advice from the governing body for kitesurfing, the BKSA, and other expert organisations.
More information on kitesurfing can be found here.
My second visit involved delivering a dingy sailing safety talk to the brilliant Minnis Bay Sailing Club. The sailing club runs a very popular supper club for its members twice a month, also inviting along members of the co-hosted windsurfing club. It was to one of their superb supper club meetings I was invited along to. Twenty five members attended the talk and were treated to me delivering one of the brand new ‘all singing, all dancing’ RNLI Community Safety talks which incorpoates eye catching and thought provoking video’s, infographics; and question and answer slides. As well as chatting to the members, I was also able to hand out safety literature and the ever popular Respect the Water stickers. It was a hugely enjoyable evening and I am very grateful to the Commodore and the Club members for hosting me. Minnis bay Sailing Club are hosting one of the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’ days on 19th May. These are a magnificant opportunity to try out sailing for free and to take a look around their club and meet it’s fantastic members. If you fancy having a go, then you must book before arriving on the day.
Further information on RNLI top tips on dingy sailing
Directions on how to find Minnis Bay Sailing Club