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

 

 


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.