Tobermory RNLI visits British mainland's most westerly secondary school

Lifeboats News Release

Tobermory RNLI’s volunteers have been teaching students about the RNLI and water safety at Ardnamurchan High School, the most westerly secondary school on the British mainland.

Ardnamurchan High School students on Tobermory lifeboat

RNLI/Simon Patterson

Ardnamurchan High School students on Tobermory lifeboat

On Friday 7th September 2018, students from the S3 Scottish Studies class travelled to Salen pier to have a chance to look around Tobermory’s Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, and to meet the crew. As well as learning about the lifeboat’s capabilities, they also learned about how to stay safe by the water. The crew also demonstrated how they recover a person from the water.

One week later, Tobermory RNLI Education Volunteer Kirsty Blackhall and Lifeboat Operations Manager visited Ardnamurchan High School and gave a wide ranging presentation on the work of the RNLI, crew training and volunteering opportunities.

Simon Patterson, Depute Head Teacher, said: ‘It was great to see around the boat and meet the crew who were friendly and informative. We got to see all aspects of the boat from the bridge to the engine room and we also got to see how a casualty is hoisted aboard. Thanks to Coxswain David for ‘volunteering’ as a casualty. Pupils got to find out all about how the RNLI is structured, the different roles within the organisation and the pathway into these careers. We are grateful for the time and effort given by all the team and look forward to future links’.

If your school or adult or youth organisation is interested in visits to or talks from Tobermory RNLI, please get in touch with the station via

Notes for editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

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