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Cardiff school pupils excited by RNLI visit

Lifeboats News Release

Year 4 pupils at Cardiff’s Mount Stuart Primary school welcomed Barry Docks RNLI’s outreach team to learn more about the work of the charity that saves lives at sea.

Mount Stuart Primary School pupils Hussein and Ola trying on lifeboat kit with Barry Dock RNLI Education Officer Ben Phillips
Mount Stuart Primary School pupils Hussein and Ola trying on lifeboat kit with Barry Dock RNLI Education Officer Ben Phillips

Volunteer Educational Officer, Ben Philips, was invited to educate nearly 60 pupils about the role of the RNLI and educate pupils of playing safe around water.

The RNLI's trained educational teams visit schools throughout Wales and the United Kingdom to empower young people. Educating pupils of all ages on the basics of learning different beach signs, awareness of potential dangerous situations around playing near water and giving them an opportunity to experience wearing crew member equipment.

Ben Philips, Education Officer at Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat station, said: 'Our lessons are both fun and educational. From the challenge of putting on the lifeboat crew kit quickest, learning about different volunteer roles within the RNLI, to the involvement of the organisation in the community. Importantly, we engage the pupils on how to stay safe around water.'

And there was an added sense of reality for the youngsters when Ben received a pager call. He said: My pager went off halfway through the lesson, but on this occasion it was only for a standby call.'

'We hope these visits help inspire the next generation of RNLI volunteers.'

Barry Dock RNLI station visits schools around south Wales and we can be contacted to arrange a visit through the website at The website has additional free interactive material available – including video, posters and teaching packs - designed for school pupils between three and 18 years old.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Mount Stuart Primary School pupils Hussein and Ola trying on lifeboat kit with Barry Dock RNLI Education Officer Ben Phillips.

For more information please contact Steven John Harry, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07456 070389 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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