Walmer RNLI seeks to educate and inspire local youngsters
Volunteers hope that a evening of talks and demonstrations will raise awareness of safety at sea.
Walmer RNLI welcomed members of the Sea Scouts on a visit to the station on Friday evening, 13 March. Visits Officer Jenny Preston gave a talk on beach safety and the FLOAT and RISE safety messages.
Walmer boat crew member Ste Withers spoke about personal protective equipment used by both boat and shore crew, lifejackets, and personal locator beacons. He also explained the difference, if they found themselves in difficulty at sea, between a 'Pan Pan' and a 'Mayday' call to the Coastguard.
Fellow boat crew member Ben Winslade spoke to the group about what they should take afloat with them, including a lifejacket, a means of communication with someone ashore should it be needed, what equipment would help should they go overboard, what they would need to navigate at sea including the use of charts and the flashing sequence of buoys. A third boat crew member Luke Curry was also on hand to keep his colleagues to time!
The evening finished with a competition using a throwbag and visit to the station shop.
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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.