Barmouth RNLI volunteer completes helmsman’s training.
29 year-old seaman and RNLI volunteer Tim Evans was delighted to pass his RNLI D Class helmsman’s training last week.
Tim joined the RNLI ten years ago and says that his experience as a member of Barmouth crew gave him a good grounding when he decided on a career at sea as a Navigator/Deck Officer.
The training was station-based in Barmouth and included a variety of aspects of being in charge of a D-Class lifeboat, from managing anchoring, veering, searching for a casualty, towing and many other different features that involve being a helm on an inshore lifeboat.
After completing his final assessment last week Tim said:
‘My experience as one of the Barmouth crew and my job as a professional seaman meant that I was competent in many areas but I still found some aspects of the RNLI training absolutely invaluable. The quality of the training was excellent and I cannot praise my Training Instructor, Simon Bunting, highly enough for his first-rate teaching approach.
Being an RNLI volunteer has given me a sense of belonging and a feeling that I am doing something worthwhile within the community. Passing out as helm has been a great chance for me to progress professionally within the station.
Coxswain Peter Davies, added:
‘Providing regular training for our crews is vitally important and we delighted that Tim has taken advantage of the first class training available to our volunteers.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.