Patrington Beavers visit Withernsea lifeboat to help gain water safety badge

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Patrington beavers attended Withernsea lifeboat station with their scout leader Nici Goundrill to take part in a water safety talk with RNLI crew members to gain one of four units for their safety badge.

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Crew member Aidan Gorman inflating the lifejacket

The children were given an insight into life as a volunteer crew member at the station. Wearing full RNLI kit, crew members John Talbot, Tim Beckitt and Aidan Gorman talked them through the boat layout and the first aid kit that is kept on the D class lifeboat with all of the lifesaving equipment for when the crew are called out to assist and need to administer first aid.

The children were intrigued and had lots of questions which the crew answered in great detail to help them gain further knowledge for their water safety badge.

When sitting inside the lifeboat, the beavers were shown how to tie a figure of eight knot and the children got to have a go at doing the knot themselves. The children were also asked questions about water safety and were told about the risks of swimming in the sea.

At the end of the evening Tim Beckitt commented: 'The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea. I feel water safety talks to groups of young children is important to help prevent life threatening situations. The young beavers enjoyed their time at Withernsea lifeboat station and overall the evening was a success, the children learnt basic water safety and took away new knowledge of what the RNLI volunteers do 24/7, 365 days of the year.'

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Beavers answering water safety questions

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