Thanet RNLI Community Safety

The Water Savvy Day – Water Safety At Bewl Water

The Water Savvy Day is held yearly at Bewl Water, Lamberhurst, Kent. It is organised jointly by Kent Fire and Rescue Service; and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The aim of this free fun day is to learn about how to stay safe around water.  Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with the Gravesend Community Safety team on the day to share key safety messages about how to stay safe at the beach and coast.  Some these will be mentioned later on.

Leanne McMahon, Group Manager for Community Safety at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, says about the day: “Our Water Savvy Fun Day is a fun day out for all the family, providing a rare glimpse into the fire services’ water rescue capabilities, and an opportunity to learn really important lifesaving skills.  “Water safety is really important to us, and we are working hard to educate residents and visitors to the area about the dangers and how to stay safe while still enjoying being in and around water.”

 

One of our Gravesend colleagues chatting to children during the Water Savvy Day

The day was jam packed with plenty of activities and demonstrations including: the inter Fire and Rescue Service water rescue competition which this year was won narrowly by East Sussex; and Kent Police’s drone was put through it’s operational paces. Crowds were also treated to a display by the Police’s Marine and Diving Unit,  as well as the fabulous Newfoundland Rescue Dogs, hands-on practical CPR skills with the Royal Lifesaving Soiety, further demonstrations from the Kent Lowland Search and Rescue team, Seaford Lifeguards and Sussex Flood Unit.

 

Fire & Rescue Service water rescue competition

Our RNLI Community Safety stand proved very popular with children and adults like.  Some of the key messages we highlighted included:

Follow the Water Safety Code 

  • Stop & Think (Look for dangers and always read the signs)
  • Stay together – never swim alone, always go with friends or family
  • Call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard (at the coast) Fire Service (rivers, canals & inland waterways) and shout for help
  • If you do fall into the water unexpectedly ‘Float on your back and try to hold onto something that floats,

 

The Water Savvy Day is such a great day to learn more about water safety, but also enjoy the wonderful Bewl Water. Keep an eye out for future Water Savvy Day events as they are great fun for all the family.

One of the fabulous Newfoundland dogs enjoying a rest after a rescue demo

More useful links:

Royal Lifesaving Society – top tips on drowning prevention

Learn how to Float to Live

Find the nearest lifeguarded beach

Learn more about free swim lessons

Book free swimming lessons in the sea – Swim Safe

Bewl Water

HM Coastguard – Beach Safety

Water Savvy Day – Bewl Water

Last years Water Savvy Day

Our team along with our Gravesend RNLI Community Safety colleagues are super excited to be supporting the Annual Water Savvy Day this year at Bewl Water.  Incase you haven’t heard of it this is a fun day for all the family dedicated to water safety at Bewl Water near to Lamberhurst, Kent. There are lots of things to see and do: including the awesome Fire Service Animal Rescue Unit, the wonderful Newfoundlands Rescue Dogs and throw bag demonstrations. This is organised jointly by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service with partner agencies : Kent Search and Rescue Service, Kent Police, Royal Lifesaving Society, Splashpals.

Fire and Rescue Service Swift Water Rescue competition at the ready

Want to find out more? Check our blog entry from 2018

How to get to Bewl Water

Find out how to Float to Live if you fall into the water unexpectedly

National Fire Chief’s Be Water Aware Week

Water Savy Day – Bewl Water, Tunbridge Wells

Our Respect the Water stand – all set up at the Water Savy Day

On Saturday 16th June, saw me travel up to Bewl Water, near to Tunbridge Wells for the Kent Fire & Rescue Service’s Water Savy Day in partnership with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. This event is the first of it’s kind and I was very excited to be attending especially as I was representing the RNLI to share our key safety messages, along with a host of other water safety partners. Although Bewl Water is some fifty miles away from the coast, it was a unique opportunity to take part in such an innovative and exciting day, targeting all facets of water safety. The drive to Bewl Water is a fantastic cross country trip.  Taking in a variety of of lovely Kent villages and towns, which make up a large chunk of the Garden of England. Bewl Water is a fabulous location to visit at any time of the year, with a whole host of activities on offer including: mountain biking, sailing, and walking amongst others. It was also a superb location to host this Water Savy day, with breath taking views across the lake and brilliant woods to take a stroll or cycle around.

Fire & Rescue Water Rescue Teams at the ready before their inter service challenge

The Water Savy day comprised a range of demonstrations using specialist units, including a mock horse rescue from a ditch or mud hole using a hydraulic hoist, live water rescues from the lake, hands-on throw bag training, Inter Fire Service water rescue competition (won by Kent FRS), meet the Fire Search dog ‘Boz’, CPR demonstrations from the RLSS, Newfoundland dog’s were put through their paces in a mock water rescue and a chat on the microphone from myself about ‘float not swim’ and our ‘Respect the Water’ campaign.

Kent Fire Search Dog – Boz!

Overall a fantastic day chatting to a great range of visitors enjoying the day’s sunshine and learning all about water safety, both at the coast and inland. To all the lovely visitors, thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you had a really great day, we did!

Photo acknowledgements where appropriate to Kent Fire & Rescue Service; and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.  Thank you to Kirsty Geary from Kent Fire & Rescue Service for inviting us along, it was much appreciated.

More information on the Drowning Prevention Week

Respect the Water guide (Float Not Swim)

Kent Search and Rescue Service

RLSS – ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign

Bewl Water