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Appledore RNLI has a vacancy for Water Safety Officer volunteer who would like to join its land based crew.

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Appledore RNLI is looking for a land based Water Satery Officer
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, but it’s not limited to launching a lifeboat or providing lifeguards to save lives. Every year our lifeboat crews and lifeguards save the lives of hundreds of people and rescue thousands more, whilst around 150 people die by accident in UK and Irish waters each year. Half of those who drown never intended to enter the water.

The RNLI Water Safety Team saves lives by giving advice that helps people enjoy the water safely, and stops them from getting into trouble in the first place. The Water Safety Officer is a voluntary land based pivotal role involved in the design and implementation of the Community Lifesaving Plan designed to identify “at risk” groups to reduce fatalities and serious incidents by working with partners to develop specifically targeted interventions.

This is a great opportunity for someone who can be effective both within the Appledore RNLI team and on a stand-alone basis. The applicant will need a good knowledge and experience of the local coastal and estuary environment and water based activities; have an understanding of risk management and analytical skill; be IT literate and a good communicator.

More information about this role, and a link to apply for the job, can be seen at, or phone Appledore RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Tony Merrill on 07760423932 for an informal chat. Applications close 30th June 2021.

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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.

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