Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Drowning Prevention Week stand at ‘Viking Bay’ Broadstairs
Our Drowning Prevention Week stand all set up at Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay, Broadstairs was the location of our Drowning Prevention week Pop-Up stand on Saturday (15th June).  The Drowning Prevention week was created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs – one of Thanet’s lovely beaches which affords lifeguard cover during the Summer

Our team hugely enjoyed talking to visitors to Viking Bay about a whole host of water safety topics including : inflatables are not for use at the coast, how to ‘float to live’ if you fall into the water, know to call the HM Coastguard if you hear or see a person or animal in difficulty in the water, free swimming lessons for children at Margate during the Summer, lifejacket checks, personal locator beacons, not to enter the water if your dog gets into difficulty and how to Respect the Water. John Homer one of our teams Community Safety Advisors said “our Drowning Prevention stand at Viking Bay proved really popular speaking with over three hundred people and we would like to thank everyone who stopped by to chat about how to stay safe near water”.

One of our lovely doggie visitors enjoying the ‘selfie frame’

Find out Cameron Gosling’s story

HM Coastguard advice on the use of inflatables at the coast

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