On Sunday our team worked in partnership with the great Gravesend RNLI Community Safety Team holding a joint Coastal Safety/Respect The Water stall at the fabulous Guru Nak Darbar Gurdwara Gravesend (Sikh Temple, Gurdwara means door to a new beginning). One of the objectives of the session was to revise and refresh the communities knowledge on our key safety messages: float not swim, calling for help whilst at the coast, tidal cut-off’s and beach safety amongst others ahead of the start of the school Summer holiday. Through recent research a significant number of the Gravesend community enjoy days out and holidays down on the Kent coast.
We really enjoyed chatting to the Gurdwara worshippers and visitors, amongst the subjects that cropped up for discussion: the recent tidal cut-off’s at Botany Bay, the safest beach to visit in Thanet, how to avoid getting stuck in the mud on the Gravesend foreshore, becoming a lifeguard, beach safety and how to survive falling into water.
Thank you to our lovely hosts for making our teams feel very welcome!
Our Top 5 weblinks for staying safe whilst at the coast or on the River Thames
Float Not Swim – RNLI website
Beach and coast safety – HM Coastguard
River Thames Safety – Port of London authority
River Thames Conditions – Environmental Agency