RNLI Community Safety Team Help Spread Drowning Prevention Message With School Pupils

On Monday (9th March) one of our team supported the RNLI Education Presentation Team at the ‘Safety In Action’ event at Dreamland organised by Salus.  Incase you haven’t come across ‘Safety In Action’ it is an immersive event for Year 6 children to learn about dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for transition up to secondary school.

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The Kenward Trust Drugs and Alcohol Awareness stand

It is supported by various organisations including Kent Police, British Transport Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, the RNLI, Kent County Council, Kenward Trust, and UK Power Networks.  In other parts of the country it may be known under different guises including Crucial Crew.

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service sharing fire prevention advice on smoke detectors

Safety In Action events comprise of a number of scenarios set up by the organisations involved specificallly tailored to simulate and provide information about a variety of topics which may include:

  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Fire Safety
  • Water Safety
  • Rail Safety
  • Road Safety
  • On-line Safety
  • Personal Safety
  • Stranger Danger
  • Emergency Life Support
  • Driver Safety
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RNLI Beach Flags

Children are divided into teams to rotate around the different scenarios, spending 10 minutes at each. The scenario content is decided by the relevant organisation or agency delivering them. They are all designed to engage and inform the children on specific safety issues relating to their area of expertise.

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RNLI Education Stand

The topics that were covered within the RNLI session included: what is the RNLI, the water safety code, know to call the coastguard in a coastal emergency, float to live, identifying beach and harbour safety hazards and what is the beach lifeguards role.  These are all important water safety topic’s which will help young people enjoy a safe time at the coast or inland waterway.

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British Transport Police – Rail Safety Awareness Stand

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the school children that visited the RNLI stand and we were impressed by your enthusiasm and keeness in wanting to learn about water safety.  We wish you well on your transition to senior school.  Thank you also to Salus for inviting the RNLI team along and for your continued support in helping us to share the key safety messages.

Useful references:

Our Ultimate Guide In Finding A Lifeguarded Beach in Thanet

Why Inflatables Are Not Good For The Seaside

RNLI – How to Float

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Acknowledgements

RNLI

HM Coastguard

Salus


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.