‘Safety on the water’ skills taught at Rye Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Sharon Gozna, volunteer lifeboat crew member at Rye Harbour RNLI, recently trained as an RYA (Royal Yachting Association) instructor for Kent and Sussex Powerboat Training.

Sharon powerboat trainer

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Sharon preparing to take out the rib

Henk Ruysch and Chris Wilkinson set up the training school in 2004 because they felt that there were too many people on the water who did not have the requisite skills. By doing so, they have helped make the waters safer for other boat-owners and helped to save lives at sea.

Sharon has been involved with the RNLI since 2007 and the skills she has learnt and studied for have proved helpful while training for her National Powerboat Level 2 qualification. In turn the coaching and teaching skills that Sharon has developed during this process will feed back into her work as an RNLI volunteer crew member.

She set out on Saturday 28 July from Rye Harbour with three candidates, including a 13-year-old girl, who were taking the RYA Level 2 course, in a 6 metre Humber RIB (rigid inflatable boat). Before they launched Sharon carried out all the safety checks needed and showed them all the boat’s key parts. This was day one of the two-day course.

Sharon said, 'The course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence (ICC). After the course the candidates will be self-sufficient power-boaters and aware of their own limitations and those of the craft.'

Whether training powerboat drivers or crewing the Rye Harbour lifeboat Sharon is dedicated to saving lives at sea.

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preparation time and familiarisation of the rib
the rib in harbour preparing for launching

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the rib getting ready to set out for training
the rib is being prepared for launching

RNLI/KT Bruce

getting the ropes ready on the rib: preparation is the key

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, in a normal year, 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.

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For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.