Thanet RNLI Community Safety

How To Pack The Best Beach Picnic – Our Top 10 Tips

You may have travelled to the beach for a lovely day. After you are finally ensconced and you and your family have started enjoying the surroundings, before you know it will be time to grab some lunch.  Coming prepared with a few items is always a good move that can be stored until you want to eat. Especially when you have a young family who need fuelling up after some energetic beach activity.  Packing a picnic for the beach is not like packing one for a countryside picnic as there is the sand and wind to contend with and some foods hold up better than others.

We have come up with a few ideas on what some of our team include in their family beach picnic’s.

  1.  Sausage rolls (vege or meat)
  2.  Cocktail sausages (vege or meat)
  3.  Tuna baguettes or wraps
  4.  Baby tomatoes
  5.  Variety of crisps or peanuts
  6.  Humous and or other dips
  7.  Carrotts and cucumber sliced for dipping
  8.  Water/flavoured squash
  9.  Fruit
  10.  Cookies or small cakes

Here’s a quick reminder about beach flags and the Water Safety Code:

We hope you have a great time at the beach and enjoy your picnic.

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Inflatables – what are the issues? Royal Society for the prevention of accidents (RoSPA)

Find out how to book free swimming lessons for children aged 7-14 years – Swim Safe

Are you water wise? Check out the quiz – RoSPA

Swim Safe dates announced for Thanet


Members of the Swim Safe Team in 2018

Today, we are hugely excited to announce that the public Swim Safe dates have been released for Margate.   Incase you haven’t come across Swim Safe before, these are jointly run swimming lessons by the RNLI and Swim England during the school Summer holidays for children aged 7-14 years at no cost whatsoever.   We are very fortunate that this is the second year that Swim Safe has been delivered in Thanet and we are very appreciative of the financial help and support provided by two local Kent County Councillors, the Margate Mayor and the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons charity, The only condition for a child’s participation is that the child(ren) are able to swim 25 metres unaided in a pool before hand.

Be sure to book up soon as if last year is anything to go by, places go quickly!

Find out more about how Swim Safe ran in 2018 at Margate.

Swim Safe booking platform

More information about Swim England who help co-ordinate the running of Swim Safe

Find my nearest lifeguarded beach

Ever heard of cold water shock? Find out how to survive it

Respect the Water campaign


Cliff Edge Selfie’s!

Cliff Selfie’s!

The weather this past weekend was absolutely fantastic, the record for the hottest early Bank Holiday Monday was beaten according to BBC Weather. The previous record was 23.6C which was set back in 1999. The hottest part of the UK was Gosport, Hampshire where it reached 24.7C. As thousands of visitors descended to the the coast, the HM Coastguard reported that they had received 94 missing children reports over the bank holiday weekend alone.  Inaddition to the missing children reports, the Coastguard had been sent numerous photograph’s of people posing for ‘selfies’ stood on cliff edges. One in particular at Beachy Head, featured a family posing close to the cliff edge with young children!

The Coastguard warn that there are simply no safe places to take that ‘cliff edge selfie’, as the recent torrential rain, followed by the very dry weather can make cliff edges suspectible to crumbling, rock falls and decay.

How to call the Coastguard

Follow these top tips should you see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the beach or at the coast:

1. Call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard as every second counts. Over half the people we speak to don’t know to call the Coastguard for an emergency at the coast

2. Describe your location to the Coastguard officer where the emergency is taking place

3. Describe the number of people/craft in your group or who you can see in trouble

4. Describe the problem (dog in the water who cannot swim out)

5. Give any additional information, life ring has been thrown to the person

More information on coastal safety

Find out about how to Respect the Water

HM Coastguard twitter feed

HM Coastguard Rescue Youtube video

Discover how cold water shock can effect you. The effect on the body of entering water 15°C and below is often underestimated. This shock can be the precursor to drowning.