Llandudno Lifeboat Helm joins training team
Mike Jones has recently passed out as a Training Assessor joining Robin Holden, Les Jones, Tim James, and John 'Oggi' Roberts who collectively provide all the necessary training required at Llandudno Lifeboat Station.
In the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews train together every week, at sea and ashore. Weekly RNLI training exercises focus on teamwork, technical competence and safe operating procedures covering everything from boat-handling, search and rescue, and navigation, to radar training, radio communications and casualty care.
Robin Holden retired Station Coxswain who coordinates the training at Llandudno explained, ‘John and I arrange all of the individual training plans, while serving Coxswains Les and Tim and now Mike conduct the assessments to ensure the crew meet the required standards of operational competence.
Captain Marcus Elliott, Lifeboat Operations Manager reports, ‘We are extremely pleased to have another trainer at the station, collectively the team bring a huge wealth of RNLI experience to our operations which is an amazing asset to have. Even during the COVID-19 Pandemic the team have continued to work creatively with the crew to maintain their essential training plans.’
Robin finishes by adding, ‘as we can see on the RNLI website our crews are prepared to drop everything and risk their lives to save others at a moment's notice. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult, and sometimes dangerous. And with only 1 in 10 volunteers joining the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation, training is especially important. That’s why we provide our crew members with first-class training, equipment, guidance and sup
For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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 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.