Beavers learn water safety with RNLI
Beavers and Cubs from the 40th Hartlepool Scouts group learned about being safe at the seaside and on the sea during a visit to the Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station recently.
Volunteer crewmember Steve Pounder gave a talk to the youngsters and a tour of the boathouse where they were shown the inshore lifeboat and a look at the protective kit the crew wear when they go to sea.
Cub scout leader Colin Richardson said ‘It has been a very informative and interesting visit for both the youngsters and the adult’s and I am sure we have all learnt a lot about both sea safety and the amazing work of the RNLI volunteers’.
‘I was also very impressed with the questions our Beavers and Cubs were asking the volunteer crew members who were very approachable and friendly throughout the visit’.
RNLI volunteer Steve Pounder said ‘The group were a pleasure to work with and judging by some of the questions I was asked I think we may have some potential new crewmembers joining us in the distant future’.
Before leaving the lifeboat station the group were presented with RNLI certificates to remind them of their visit to the charity that saves lives at sea.
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.