Thanet RNLI lifeguards extend service as thousands expected at Kent festival

Lifeguards News Release

Now in its 6th year, the Wheels and Fins music and sports festival will take place at Joss Bay near Broadstairs from 7 – 9 September and the RNLI's lifeguards will be on patrol on the Saturday and Sunday to help ensure festival-goers stay safe.

'Always swim between the red and yellow flags'

RNLI/Taylor Johnson

'Always swim between the red and yellow flags'

As well as attracting bands such as Feeder and The Libertines, the festival also includes water sports, including surfing, stand-up paddle board racing and even beach yoga. RNLI lifeguards have been keeping the public safe on ten of Thanet's beaches this summer from Minnis Bay on the north coast all the way round to Ramsgate in the south. Those services are due to end on Sunday 2 September, but the lifeguards will return at Joss Bay on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September for the Wheels and Fins festival.

Festival Director and Founder Dave Melmoth said: ‘We work with the lifeguards to ensure everyone can enjoy the weekend in the best hands. All of the lifeguards down at Joss Bay are really approachable and knowledgeable.’

RNLI lifeguards are equipped to handle incidents that may occur during busy periods, undertaking varied weekly training which covers everything from casualty scenarios and first aid training, to equipment training and fitness. Nevertheless, 95% of their work is preventative in order to stop incidents before they happen and ensure visitors have the best experience on the beach.

The RNLI lifeguard service will operate from 10am – 6pm at Joss Bay throughout the Wheels and Fins weekend. Those visiting Thanet can familiarise themselves with local tide times at or by speaking to a lifeguard. The RNLI would like to remind those looking to take part in water activities during Wheels and Fins Festival to stay safe and Respect the Water.

RNLI Media contacts

  • Taylor Johnson, Lifeguard Press Officer (Summer 2018) for the South East 07785 296252

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Joss Bay is expected to attract thousands of festival goers

RNLI/Paul Dunt

Joss Bay is expected to attract thousands of festival goers

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