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RNLI trainer Matias Wapinski on the 200 Voices podcast
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Episode 102 – Facing Fear: Matias Wapinski

Putting lifeboat crew through their paces in thunder, lightning, and rain – it’s all in a day’s work for RNLI Sea Survival Centre Trainer Matias Wapinski.

From training as a rescue swimmer in Argentina to being a dive instructor in Iceland and a lifeguard in the UK, Matias Wapinski’s credentials are impressive. 

They’re skills he puts into practice to train volunteer RNLI crew from all over the UK and Ireland, in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College. He talks about the determination and commitment of the crew he meets – and about how sometimes the training pushes them to face their worst fears.